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Most Helpful Favorable Review

95 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

I work in a bookstore, go through books like water, and share al

I work in a bookstore, go through books like water, and share all kinds of recommendations with customers. I read British and Scandinavian mysteries, heavier novels like "Freedom," literate non-fiction---generally, everything from best-sellers to classics. ...
I work in a bookstore, go through books like water, and share all kinds of recommendations with customers. I read British and Scandinavian mysteries, heavier novels like "Freedom," literate non-fiction---generally, everything from best-sellers to classics. So I'm not a book snob, but don't tend to read the lightest of light, either. I loved the Dragon Tattoo series, and all of Elizabeth Strout's books.
Sometimes I plow through rewarding, beautifully written books. But I do tend to whine a bit about this question--why can't authors write books that are entertaining, with mesmerizing characters, interesting settings, relationships between people that are real, flawed, but occasionally deep, and compassionate?.A story that makes me laugh, blink with recognition, and want to cheer out loud for the characters? But where the story doesn't pretend life is not what it really is, either, so that I can't believe it. Then I picked up Beautiful Ruins. And there it was. Buy this book, savor it, and encourage Jess Walters to keep writing.

posted by JanTX on August 14, 2012

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21 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

As usual I¿m in the minority of the glowing reviews on this. I¿m

As usual I’m in the minority of the glowing reviews on this. I’m having a serious problem with rating this book. For starters, I read it all in one day so I was engaged in the story. I didn’t even mind so much the back and forth between time as it was necessary to the s...
As usual I’m in the minority of the glowing reviews on this. I’m having a serious problem with rating this book. For starters, I read it all in one day so I was engaged in the story. I didn’t even mind so much the back and forth between time as it was necessary to the storyline. But I do take issue with writers who feel the need to fill pages up with unnecessary writing.

Examples – Alvis, the wanna-be-writer that goes to the hotel each year to write more of his book. Leaves behind what he has written so far and then we have to read the entire thing within the book? Shane, the wanna-be-screenwriter who along with reading in detail the “pitch” for the screenplay, we have to actually read the entire pages of the pitch also. This kind of fluff irritates me greatly in books. A writer needs to keep the story tight and not meander off because that is how you lose a reader. It is usually at this point where disengaged readers chuck the book to the bedside never to be picked up again. I found myself skimming through all that as I heard the voices of the parents on Charlie Brown in the back of my head saying “wok, wok, wok, wok, wok…”

But when all this wasn’t going on, I did enjoy the book. So I’m giving it a solid 3 which by Goodreads standards means “I liked it”. In my mind though, it could have been a 4 or 5 if we weren’t dragged through unnecessary details. Those parts were just painful to me.

posted by OurBookAddiction on December 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Not worth it.

    The sample you get for this book is deceptive. That narrative ends. From there on it is a shallow detailing of hollywood. The characters arent likeable, but they arent interesting either. Everyone is just empty and unhappy and you just begin to think: hey i dont need this. You dont. This book was reviewed well in many publications but it is simply not a good novel.

    9 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Ugh!!!!!!!!

    This book is not worth $12.99. There isnt enough detail in the stories. I didnt even finish the book. Its such a slow page turner! Nothing! I dont recomend this book to anyone!!!!!!!!!! >:(

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Ick

    insipid!! stupid! No plot!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    this book sucked, no plot, boring characters and terrible ending

    this book sucked, no plot, boring characters and terrible ending. the description on the back made it look great but is was truly awful I would never recommend it ever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Just a Ruin

    Characters were poorly developed and didn't generate reader sympathy. I couldn't have cared less what happened to them. Some interesting incidents, but not enough to keep me fully engaged, and by emphasizing Hollywood-based characters and issues the author didn't need to utilize his own imagination as much as if he had written a truly original story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Don't waste your money on this one! This book was a total waste

    Don't waste your money on this one!
    This book was a total waste of time to read - awful! The story went all over the place and got no where. It was as if the author had ideas for several novels and then decided to combine them all into one book. I agree with every other reviewer who gave it only 1 star.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

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    This is a very tedious read. The author seemed to be attempting creative writing after a class. The humor is juvenile and creating a connection between Hollywood and Italy was a stretch. I traveled extensively in Europe in 1970 and never saw any woman wear pants other than American hippies in jeans. Interesting that Pasquale could envision tight black pants in the early sixties.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    s The ending is awful

    I wish i had all the time i spent reading this book back

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Beautiful ruins

    Worst book ever written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Very disappointing

    I do not understand the great reviews of this book. Don't waste your time.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Not recommendet

    Cant get into it. Makes no sense to me at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I was very disappointed with this novel. Expecting a light and f

    I was very disappointed with this novel. Expecting a light and fun summer read, I ended up with a depressing story filled with unwanted 
    sexual exploits. If you feel like being depressed, this is the book for you.

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