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unsure of the "right" reasons
All The Right Reasons has a lot of pot...
All The Right Reasons has a lot of potential with mixing cultures and highlighting the similarities and contrasts of all mentioned. It doesn't quite make it. The story here is clearly more important than the cultural accuracy. That's fine: it is contemporary fiction, but readers should be aware of several things.
The military is a separate culture. Writing about a soldier with reality means understanding that culture and it's very hard to understand without being immersed in it, particularly when Hollywood almost always presents it with huge inaccuracy. I can't help but sigh when authors do the same. I didn't buy Lucas as a soldier, or ex-soldier. If he was, he's one of the very few who would turn against the military when he's out and chase others away from joining. It's not realistic. That doesn't tend to happen. Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, whatever they've gone through, are 99% likely to be fully proud of what they've done, even to the point of reenlisting to continue what they're doing. Most of them do. Most would stand beside someone else who wants to join and even walk them to the recruiter. Yes, they all come home scarred in some way, but people who never leave home are just as likely to carry scars from other things. A soldier's background before he joins says how he will deal with war. That, we never find out. (At least, not by the time I got 2/3rds through it.) A shame, since Lucas is inherently likeable and I would have enjoyed more of his story than Joy's.
Joy, the Gypsy girl, represents why others need to stand up for those who won't stand up for themselves. I'm never sure whether she agrees with her family ideologies or whether she doesn't. Her ambivialence irritates me and it goes on for far too long. I think the story could have been about half the length it is with some of the "because I'm a Gyspy" stuff pulled out. The Gypsy men are shown as villains for wanting their cultural beliefs to be passed along, and yet there are passages that complain about how non-Gypsies were disrespectful of them and how wrong it is.
Stereotyping the Amish as nothing more than house builders irritated me, also. I didn't find any reason for that brief clip.
It felt like compassion was shown toward one culture, with a huge lecture as to why it was wrong to stereotype them and put them down for who they are and the choices they make, and yet, the same was done by the author toward both the military and the Gypsy culture. I didn't find any real understanding of the backgrounds of any of the characters. They seemed more political tools for the author to protest, but without anything really backing it up.
About the time I found myself skimming to find the story in between the miscellaneous scenes, I set it down. Maybe I just couldn't get past the anti-military feel of it. I don't think that was the author's intent; I think she was trying to show compassion for returning soldiers. That didn't quite come through as it should have, in the same way those who protest war actually hurt the soldiers and their families more than they help.
I do have another Sandy James novel on hand and I'll give that one a try.
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Posted September 23, 2013
Full length romance
Some interesting information about Hungarian gypsy culture. Plot easy to follow, although some of the characters' reactions were not very believable.
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