Saturday, August 9, 2014
Review: Lovely, Dark and Deep
Wren Wells is trying to outrun the accident that killed her boyfriend and wrecked her plans to live a normal life. Instead of going to college, she retreats to her father's isolated art studio. There, in the remote northern woods of Maine, she meets Cal Owens, a boy who wears his own hurt like a badge. But when their connection threatens Wren's hard-won isolation, she has to choose: open up her broken heart or join the ghosts who haunt.
Alright, I'm not even going to grace this book with my own summary of it, because I know it'll end in a rant about my deep hatred for Wren Wells, the the spoiled, narcissistic bitch (excuse my French) who turns away everyone that loves her simply because she "can't handle it". All right, I'm ranting, I'll stop now.
Pros: Amy McNamara truly is an excellent author. Her writing style is smooth and elegant and many of the characters are astonishingly creative and interesting. Everyone -- besides she who shall not be named -- is so loving, and it sort of projects the goodness in the world. Cal Owens, the love interest, is honestly one of the greatest guys in the world, and you can actually feel that through his actions as well as his words.
Cons: Wren is THE most annoying person I have ever read about. All everyone does for her is give, give, give, and yet she still pushes them all away, as if her problems are the only one's that exist in the world. I never thought that I could hate a fictional character this much, but I do. So basically, the main character is the biggest flaw in the book.
Rate: I want to formally apologize to the author, Amy McNamara, for all the belittling I have down, she's a great novelist, she has amazing attention to detail and emotions, but I just can't give this book a good rating when all I want to do is burn Wren Wells at the stake. 1.5 out of 5 books (because books are better than stars.)