Thursday, June 24, 2010
Book Review #1029
Life As I Know It by Melanie Rose
Rating: zero stars (out of four)
The first couple of chapters of this book were super intriguing. I wanted to know what was going to happen next and how on earth everything would work out. Unfortunately there was one particular scene that pretty much ruined the rest of the book. I don't appreciate sexual content in novels and I especially don't approve of it when it is masquerading as true love. I'm sorry but you cannot be "in love" with someone whom you've only known for a couple days and feel this "instant connection" that leads to sexual escapades. No, I'm not buying it.
When authors tell you that sex is the same as love I get really annoyed and just want to throw the book at the wall. I did not like the relationship Jessica had with Dan because I thought it was superficial and based on selfish needs and desire. I couldn't see them happily ever after because they had already been sleazy in the past - there's no way they are going to shape up into model citizens because they've found "the one."
I also didn't find the whole Jessica-Lauren thing believable because Jessica handled it far too well. She should have been freaking out and on the verge of an emotional breakdown. There is no way her "soul" could have put up with that much stress and pressure. And Jessica's sudden love for children? Especially children that were not hers? That seemed unfounded and I didn't believe how quickly she came to love these kids who were totally out of her league. If you aren't experienced with children and don't appreciate them and then you are suddenly thrust into a life full of children, I'm sorry, but you are not going to take it all in stride.
Well, I was going to try and write a review without spoilers, but I'm not sure I can because of how it ended and my feelings. So here's a spoiler section, pass over if you just want to read the conclusion.
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I did not like Grant. And I couldn't believe how insensitive he was to his wife who is suffering extreme memory loss. No decent man would ever treat his wife like that or try to force himself upon her. And the whole affair thing - what purpose did that serve but to point out how messed up their lives were. I didn't see how Jessica could have helped any of these people.
The very ending. Could it get any worse? Everybody DIES? Okay, okay, not everybody - but it sure felt like that. Lauren died. Affair guy died killing Grant. Jessica dies, but her soul stays with Lauren's body? What? Why does this make any sense? Why would the author choose to end it this way? Did she really think that Jessica would be happier in Lauren's life and that she could serve a purpose by taking care of these children? And that Dan would be okay with the complete change and eventually come back? Um, no. This would never work out. It just seemed awfully convenient for the author.
Okay, I think I'm done ranting about the ending.
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I did not like this book for several reasons. I thought the storyline was interesting but had major holes and that the character development did not follow through. I wanted Jessica and Dan to grow up instead of giving into their sexual desires and sleeping around whenever they wanted because it was "love" and they knew they had never met someone like this before. I didn't like how the author staged the relationship between Jessica and Dan and I never cared if they would stay together or not. The ending was unrealistic and seemed like a sorry excuse for a happily ever after. I would not recommend this book: it had inappropriate and graphic sexual content and immoral characters who did as they saw fit.