If you’ve read any of my other book reviews then you know I’m pretty lenient and normally enthusiastic about the books I pick up at the library.
At least that’s what the book jacket says. I never got past page twenty-two. I really wanted to read this book. Historical fiction is a huge undertaking, even more so for the YA crowd, but I could NOT get past the writing style of Noyes.
The prologue begins in present tense, a weird present/first/third person thing going on. I plow through because a ghost showing up in your bedroom is scary stuff. It continued into the first chapter and I tried. I really, really tried. The tenses change mid-paragraph and I couldn’t tell if something had happened, was going to happen or was happening right now! I tried reading it aloud but all that did was confirm my annoyance.
So this book is going back to the library, its pages unruffled, its story untold. I wonder if her other books are written in the same style?
I may have to check out one or two for good measure.
Have you read this book?