THE SUNDAY REVIEW: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

3/5

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 6.56.16 PMLet me start off by saying this: I HATE giving bad book reviews. I hate it so much that I question my sanity for putting book reviews on this blog in the first place. I hate it so much that I bumped this book up to a 3/5, because I just couldn’t stand the thought of giving it a 2/5.

As a writer myself, I know how much love and thought goes into a book. How much time the author spends poring over every paragraph and sentence and word. They spend months writing and rewriting it, and then eventually their CPs love it, and then an agent loves it, and then a publisher loves it — and then BAM! Someone writes a 1/5 review on Goodreads mocking everything from its characters to its comma placement.

Ack.

I can imagine how horrible that must feel.

So, I’m going to try to explain why I didn’t fall in love with Stitching Snow as gently and as diplomatically as I can – and keep in mind, this review is completely subjective. Just because I didn’t love it doesn’t mean someone else won’t.

In terms of writing, Stitching Snow is actually quite good. Lewis’s prose is clean and simple, and the concept is really fun. “Snow White in space” — who wouldn’t want to read that?

At the end of the day, though, I just wish it had a little more heart. I wish I’d have been able to connect with the characters a bit more. For me, it all just felt a little flat — a little lifeless. While there were some cute characters – like the quirky robot sidekicks – I felt very distanced from the main character, Essie. None of it was bad, really – it just wasn’t memorable.

So, anyway. That’s my review.

I will now proceed to curl up in a corner and feel like a horrible person for the rest of the day.

xo Elizabeth

THE SUNDAY REVIEW: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

3/5

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Yes, it’s another Rainbow Rowell novel – what can I say? I was on a bit of a Kindle binge.

Attachments was Rowell’s first novel, and – thinking as a former query-sending writer – I can immediately see why her agent snapped it up. It has a really intriguing, salable premise. The main character, Lincoln, is a computer security guy who screens company e-mails. He gets to know Beth – the main female character – through the (private) e-mails she exchanges with her friend Jennifer. And then – spoiler alert! – there is love and feelings and things.

In terms of writing, Attachments is perhaps a little less impressive then Eleanor & Park (hence the 3/5). Some of the transitions between Beth and Lincoln’s chapters were a little clunky, and it read a bit slow at times. It also takes place in 1999/2000, which I think is an inherently un-romantic time (dial-up internet, ICQ, five-pound cell phones…it was like the awkward preteen years of modern technology).

And yet, overall, I did quite enjoy it – I may have even liked it a little more than Eleanor & Park. Maybe it’s because the characters are older, I’m not really sure. Either way, it was light and fun, and I would have no qualms recommending it to anyone looking for a decent Sunday-morning read.

xo Elizabeth

Next week: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis