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All I Want for Christmas is You

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    I WANTED to love this book, kept giving it one more chance.....b

    I WANTED to love this book, kept giving it one more chance.....but simply could not finish it. It reads like a beginner wrote it, without assistance of an editor (or even a critique group's assistance). The problems were so significant, I simply couldn't look past them enough to enjoy the story.

    Bottom line-- I've deleted this book from my Nook, and I want my three hours back! If I could get a refund from B&N, I'd do it! I typically give authors two or three tries before I categorically refuse to buy any more of their books. That said, I'm beyond leery of trying any more of Mondello's books; I fear I'm DONE.

    REASONS WHY ONLY TWO STARS:
    * BELOW-AVERAGE WRITING QUALITY:
    -- Heroine was simply TSTL (too stupid to live), all her "bluffing" had very poor motivation, and her motivation to reject the hero really sucked--made her simply unsympathetic.
    -- head hopping all over the place. Switched point-of-view characters without reason.
    -- worn-out phrases [i.e., bat out of hell, spill the beans, upset the apple cart, etc., etc., etc.]
    -- could not care about the hero or heroine because motivations and characterizations were pallid
    * BOOK HAS 3 COPYRIGHT YEARS, MOST RECENTLY 2011, BUT CONTENT HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED/ MADE CURRENT:
    --rather than "contemporary", it's set in 1990s. Ick. (no cell phone mention, no booster seat for 6 year old child, "late model" Ford's lights actually stayed on and ran battery down--this doesn't happen today!)
    * PLOT WEAKNESSES
    -- story meandered without direction, dragged, and scenes had little to do with direction of the story
    -- throughout, I found myself wondering if there WAS a plot!
    -- the "message" of the book that made it inherently a Christmas story was so heavy-handed (trying WAY too hard) it seemed the tale could've happened in any season....and even then, it's contrived.
    * GRAMMATICAL DISASTERS (this book desperately needs professional editing!)
    -- frequent misuse of plurals vs possessives: "Daddy's" when the correct use is "daddies", and "winters" when the correct use is "winter's". Why is this a problem? Because it snagged me out of the story. I read for immersion! The sheer number of these grammatical errors was shocking.
    -- repetitive mentions of the exact same content [i.e., "a quick glance in the rearview (yes, misspelled) mirror showed the little girl had already fallen asleep" then 5 paragraphs later, "she glanced over at Kristen and saw that she was already fast asleep."]

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    wow this is free on Kindle, sonny and apple right now! What's u

    wow this is free on Kindle, sonny and apple right now! What's up B&N?

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Fair

    Good quick read. A feel good book.

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