14 member(s) found this review helpful.
I only read this book because my book club told me to. I suffered through it and I will join the minority by saying that I really did not like it.
First, I have a 5-year-old boy. That fact alone made this book difficult to read. And because my son is 5 and asks a million questions a day, this book wasn't much of an escape for me to read.
Second, the writing style was terribly annoying. I got used to it eventually, but that doesn't make it easier to read. However, the 5-year-old voice and perspective make this book bearable. I could not have read the same story had it been narrated with the mother's voice, thoughts, and reflections.
This book was interesting but it was difficult to read both emotionally and logistically. My book club loved it. I just couldn't get excited very about it, and I cannot say that I would willingly recommend it to anyone else.
10 member(s) found this review helpful.
I bought this book on a whim, before all of the hype came out and must say I wasn't impressed.
I suffered through it and can't say I would recommend it. I was not a fan of the writing style or the long, drawn out beginning and rushed ending.
8 member(s) found this review helpful.
I pushed myself to keep reading this book, hoping for it to get better. This book seemed to get a lot of good reviews but I stopped reading it about halfway through. Although the subject matter is realistic with respect to the way in which the boy and his mom lived their lives, it is boring and not a book that makes you want to keep reading. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but I was too disappointed to finish it.