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Posted April 4, 2012
The premise to She Said/She Saw is what originally drew me to th
The premise to She Said/She Saw is what originally drew me to the book, so I was a little disappointed by how soon you figure out whether or not Tegan saw anything. I won't spoil that part of the story for you here, but I do think it impacts the novel, since knowing this information takes much of the suspense out of the plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed how the novel is told in alternating points of view between Tegan and her sister Kelly, something I wasn't aware of before starting the book. I thought that was a very smart way to tell the story, since you get both an inside and outside view of the murders. Each girl also has her own distinct personality & voice, so not only will you never get confused on who's POV your in, but each girl tells their story very differently. Tegan's POV is written in a traditional novel format, while Kelly's is written like a play or film script.
However, I found both Tegan & Kelly hard to like most of the time. Did I sympathize with each of their situations? Yes, but I also completely hated the way they treated each other. Each girl was far to selfish in how they were handling what happened to their friends, that they barely spoke or helped each other. Obviously this bothered me greatly, and while I know that sisters don't always get along (I have one myself) I just found there treatment of each other completely unbelievable.
I do think that the grief scenes between the different characters was handled very well, especially those of the victims parents. You could really feel their sorrow, anger and desperation at the situation they found themselves in.
The novel is a very quick read since the plot moves rather steadily, I think the whole novel takes place within a few days. Although I didn't figure out who the killer was right away, which was a nice surprise, the way in which the person is ultimately caught, stretches not only believability but your intelligence. While there were a few strong points in the storytelling, the overall lack of likeable characters and plot believability left me very disappointed since I had been hoping for so much more.
Posted May 31, 2011
Interesting style of writing. Worth a read
The way this story is represented is rather interesting. When it's Kelly's point of view, it's written as if it's a screenplay. With Tegan, it's just through her perspective and her narration. It's different although it took a bit to get used to Kelly's style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I felt for Tegan, although she got a little tiresome at times. I thought the way she was treated at school was horrible, and Kelly wasn't really much help either. You can certainly feel the isolation and the feeling of being ostracized when Tegan is around. Although she's not innocent, and the way she egged on Martin made you want to slap her silly, the things she had to do to prove her point was absolutely shocking and horrible. Near the ending, I wanted the rest of the characters to just shut up. What they did to Tegan was horrible and in that I think it's absolutely unforgivable.
I found I did not like most of the characters in this book. Of all of them, I had to say Tegan was the one I liked most, but even then she wasn't the greatest character either. Kelly really annoyed me. She tended to be over dramatic, selfish and had a horrible attitude problem. It wasn't until much later she improved a little, but not enough to get any sort of reaction from me.
The plot was all right, it did keep you guessing until right at the end who was behind the shooting. The overall pace is pretty quick and it's a thin book so it can be read all in one sitting. It's a decent read, and with an interesting layout on how the story is displayed I'd say give a try. It wouldn't hurt.