Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Book Review #850
The Good Neighbors by Holly Black, illustrated by Ned Naifeh
Rating: one star (out of four)

I was really not impressed with this book. Some parts of it were highly unbelievable and I wondered why they thought we wouldn’t notice these gaps in the narration. Illustrations are nice when they work to perfectly match the text, this book, however, sometimes failed in its attempts. Some of the pictures in this book really threw me for a loop, because I thought the face the character had was completely disproportionate to what they were thinking or saying. Some pictures were just ugly or made the character look stupid. I also wasn’t impressed with the character development of the minor characters. The author also left several loose ends hanging all over the place, and I don’t know if it assumed you will read the sequel to find out more (nope!). When you just leave random bits of information, then the reader tends to get annoyed because you aren’t explaining enough. I also didn’t like how they portrayed some of the female characters, it was sexist and demoralizing, like all that mattered was their bodies. Please, we need to have more respect than that. All in all, I was left confused with some of the plot, the characters were poorly developed, and I did not enjoy the story. I would not recommend this book.

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