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When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first...

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Overview

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

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Editorial Reviews

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Harry Potter fans waited nearly six years for J.K. Rowling's next book and debates about its merits will probably persist for at least another decade. For those not disturbed by Rowling's first venture into adult fiction, The Casual Vacancy has earned praise as "a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny." Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
On the face of it, Rowling’s first adult book is very different from the Harry Potter books that made her rich and famous. It’s resolutely unmagical: the closest thing to wizardry is the ability to hack into the amateurish Pagford Parish Council Web site. Instead of a battle for worldwide domination, there’s a fight over a suddenly empty seat on that Council, the vacancy of the title. Yet despite the lack of invisibility cloaks and pensieves, Pagford isn’t so different from Harry’s world. There’s a massive divide between the haves and the have-nots—the residents of the Fields, the council flats that some want to push off onto a neighboring county council. When Councilor Barry Fairbrother—born in Fields but now a middle-class Pagforder—dies suddenly, the fight gets uglier. In tiny Pagford, and at its school, which caters to rich and poor alike, everyone is connected: obstreperous teenager Krystal Weedon, the sole functioning member of her working-class family, hooks up with the middle-class son of her guidance counselor; the social worker watching over Krystal’s drug-addled mother dates the law partner of the son of the dead man’s fiercest Council rival; Krystal’s great-grandmother’s doctor was Fairbrother’s closest ally; the daughters of the doctor and the social worker work together, along with the best friend of Krystal’s hookup; and so on. Rowling is relentlessly competent: all these people and their hatreds and hopes are established and mixed together. Secrets are revealed, relationships twist and break, and the book rolls toward its awful, logical climax with aplomb. As in the Harry Potter books, children make mistakes and join together with a common cause, accompanied here by adults, some malicious, some trying yet failing. Minus the magic, though, good and evil are depressingly human, and while the characters are all well drawn and believable, they aren’t much fun. Agent: The Blair Partnership. (Sept. 27)
The Daily Beast
"An insanely compelling page-turner....The Casual Vacancy is a comedy, but a comedy of the blackest sort, etched with acid and drawn with pitch....Rowling proves ever dexterous at launching multiple plot lines that roar along simultaneously, never entangling them except when she means to. She did not become the world's bestselling author by accident. She knows down in her bones how to make you keep turning the pages."
Parade
"There are plenty of pleasures to be had in The Casual Vacancy....Parts of the story would be tonally of a piece with any Richard Price or Dennis Lehane novel, or an episode of The Wire."
The Huffington Post
"Rowling knows how to write a twisty, involving plot....She is clearly a skilled writer."
The Bookseller (UK)
"Rowling has written a grand novel...a very brave book."
Telegraph (UK)
"The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling's first adult novel, is sometimes funny, often startlingly well observed....Jane Austen herself would admire the way [Rowling] shows the news of Barry's death spreading like a virus round Pagford."
Lev Grossman
I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply.
Time
Kirkus Reviews
Harry Potter's mommy has a potty mouth. The wires have been abuzz for months with the news that Rowling was writing a new book--and this one a departure from her Potter franchise, a book for grown-ups. The wait was worth it, and if Rowling's focus remains on tortured adolescents (as if there were any other kind), they're teenagers trapped without any magic whatsoever in a world full of Muggles. There's some clef in this roman, magic or not: The setting is a northerly English town full of council estates and leafy garden suburbs inhabited by people who, almost without exception, are not very happy and really not very likable. While a special election is in the offing, they do the usual things: They smoke and drink and masturbate, and they say and think things along the lines of "Like fuck he does, the cunt," and when they're lucky, they have sex, or at least cop a feel, best when a young woman named Krystal is involved. Ah, Krystal, a piece of work both nasty and beguiling: "She knew no fear, like the boys who came to school with tattoos they had inked themselves, with split lips and cigarettes, and stories of clashes with the police, of taking drugs and easy sex." Sometimes, as with the figure who opens the piece, Rowling's characters die--and, as with the American Henry James' oh-so-English novel The Spoils of Poynton, when they do, they set things in motion. Other times, they close things up but never neatly. The reader will be surprised at some of Rowling's victims and the ways she chooses to dispose of them, but this is less a book about mayhem than about the grimness of most lives. It is skillfully, often even elegantly written, and though its cast of characters is large and its thrills and spills few, Rowling manages to keep the story tied together and moving along nicely. Even so, it's difficult to find much purchase among some of her characters, particularly the tough, poor ones who live on the edge of town, and it often seems that Rowling doesn't like them much either. In all, when they're not sneaking off to Yarvil for relief, the residents of Pagford are Hobbesian through and through: rich hate poor, and poor hate rich; Indians hate Anglos, and Anglos hate Indians; and everyone hates the meddlesome middle-class do-gooders with suggestive names like Fairbrother who try to make things better. A departure and a revelation, though the story is dark and doesn't offer much in the way of redemption (or, for that matter, much in the way of laughs). Still, this Rowling person may have a career as a writer before her.
People
"A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone."
Washington Post
"This book represents a truckload of shrewdness....There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully....genuinely moving."
Wall Street Journal
"A positively propulsive read."
The Mirror (UK)
"The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read....a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today."
The Guardian (UK)
"A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot...The Casual Vacancy immerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny."
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Praise for The Casual Vacancy:

"I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply."—Lev Grossman, Time

"A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone."—People

"This book represents a truckload of shrewdness....There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully....genuinely moving."—Washington Post

"A positively propulsive read."—Wall Street Journal

"Often entertaining....Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters' endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade."—Entertainment Weekly

"The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read....a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today."—The Mirror (UK)

"A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot...The Casual Vacancy immerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny."—The Guardian (UK)

Entertainment Weekly
"Often entertaining....Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters' endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade."
Lev Grossman - Time
"I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316228534
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Pages: 503
  • Sales rank: 119,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a commencement speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide range of causes and is the founder of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

Good To Know

Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    Readers missing the point

    I see a lot of readers giving this a book a bad review because of the language the writer used. They believe she does this to make a profit. These readers a totally missing the point. This writer doesn't need the money. She has made a fortune off of the Harry Potter series. She is now free to write about something for herself. She is giving you a glimpse into the world she has experienced growing up and into her adulthood. She doesn't care what the critics think; this book is for her. She shares the pain, anger, frustration, cynicism, sadness, and hopelessness, of the past she has experienced and risen above. I suspect it to be cathartic for her. It has made her the determined, driven person she is. Positive outcomes can come from negative experiences. Yeah for you J.K, you did it!

    406 out of 475 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Incredible read.

    To bind J.K. Rowling to her success as the author of the Harry Potter series severely restricts opinion of this subsequent work. Opening this book and expecting a magical work of art similar to what she was able to create with Potter is like searching for the toy in the cereal because it was advertised on the box. Seeing Rowley's name printed on the cover no longer indicates wands and wizards. Readers of this particular novel must understand that before reading the first few pages. Rowling proves, brilliantly, that she is not just a children's author.

    The Casual Vacancy pulls the reader into the lives and homes of a small English town in the midst of underlying political and personal turmoil. There are quite a few characters to keep up with, but they are each presented in a way that the reader shouldn't have much difficulty recalling them through the early stages of the book. The lives of these characters, along with particular delayed revelations about their pasts, allows for rich development. Nearly every character is presented as both protagonist and antagonist at some point within the pages.

    Many readers will undoubtedly notice that Rowling gives light to certain problems within today's society. These problems revolve around her character's lives and affect them in ways that drive the novel through to the end.

    The most interesting aspect of this novel, and possibly the most shocking to Potter fans, is Rowling's use of language. Both dialect and word choice are raw and true to the characters they come from. Rowling also presents a clear distinction between what characters say and what they think - allowing for variables within their lives and their interactions with others.

    I highly recommend this novel as both an involving read as well as a wonderful example of modern/contemporary literature.

    190 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Dark & wonderful

    Its exactly as the author has decribed. Completely for adults. And she has done beautiful job of writting this. You would think she has always written like this. Dont except friendly happy fairy land. This is human nature, so raw and true. Love this book.

    137 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Lost All Respect

    I have lost almost all respect I had for J.K. Rowling. Unfortunately I didn't read the sample before buying the Nook book, expecting innovative and engaging storytelling. What a waste of $20. It's sad that authors feel they have to use sex, drugs and swearing to succeed in the world today. It doesn't make for a great story, all it does is make those of us with morals uncomfortable, and perpetuates the idea that sex sells, so we must need more out there. I'll stick to books that are intellectual, not degrading, thanks.

    113 out of 515 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Not going to buy it

    I was looking forward to this book but won' t be buying it or reading it for that matter. Couldn't get through the sample without the vulgarity of the language turning me off. Believe it or don't, but there are plenty of us who do not curse and find it offensive. Sorry JK but if I suppose if want to read your stuff I wiil have to stick with HP.

    110 out of 389 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    J.K is an amazing writer!

    I am only on page 9 and she already has me pulled in! I highly praise Rowlling's writing skills. I have been a fan of her writing since I was 13! I now aspire to work harder on my own writing. J.K. you are queen.

    104 out of 169 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    The Queen Has Done It Again

    In all honesty, I was hesitant to read this. I've always connected JK Rowling to children's books but she proved that she's a universal writer. Not only did she captivate my heart with the Harry Potter series but she actually pulled me in to this book as well. I really can't wait to see if she comes up anything else.

    90 out of 110 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Awesome book!

    Again, as has been stated numerous times: this is an adult book! That said, I began reading it last night in bed----should not have done that, because I was up way too late reading! I can not put it down! She grabs your attention from the first page! I read a lot of British authors so I understand some of the odd wordings,but I can see where some people cannot grasp or visualize what dhe is writing about. Being an Eastenders fan also helps with the wording and visuals! Awesome book!

    88 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Dear "DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS READ! HARRY POTTER THIS IS NOT!!"

    The description states that this is an ADULT book! How smart do you have to be too see that it? Please use your common sense next time and leave your stupidity behind! Some, like me, enjoy a different taste from the Harry Potter author, vulgar lanaguage or not!

    80 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Disappointing

    I will not finish this book because of the vulgarity. I preordered and wish I had read a sample first. I dont mind a little profanity or sex but I find this offensive.

    74 out of 300 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Dismal

    In "Casual Vacancy," Rowling intriduces us to the grim and decaying society of a small town inhabited by wretched, struggling characters. Events touched on include (spoliers ahead) rape, child abuse of every description, neglect, cruelty, and self absorption at every turn.

    The humor and humanity that fill the Harry Potter series are thin on the ground here.

    Sadly, I cannot recommend this book to anyone.

    66 out of 177 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    Fails to meet expectations.

    I'm glad that Rowling has chosen to continue writing, and that she has attempted to experiment with her voice as an author. I cannot recommend this book to anyone however as I did not enjoy it in the least.
    First the elephant in the room seems to be the book's language and sexuality. There isn't anything wrong with making use of vulgarity or sex as long as it serves some narrative purpose. In "The Casual Vacancy" however this simply isn't the case in 99% of the instances where it occurs. Quite frankly I found Rowling's depictions of sexuality and her various character's obsessions with sex to be immature and juvenile in the extreme.
    Another important consideration is the transition between characters who serve as the narrative viewpoint. Rowling clearly has a lot to learn on this front since even at the end of the book I was still having difficulty identifying when the narrative perspective had shifted until several paragraphs after it happened. More than anything else it's the lack of clear transition that makes it almost impossible to keep the various characters and their relationships to one another straight.
    Dialogue is nearly non-existent. Most of the text is devoted to meaningless private musings of the various characters which almost exclusively focus on how a single event affects them to the exclusion of all else, or alternately how much they despise/dislike/or disapprove of something. When that's not the case their thoughts are often on how to turn a piece of gossip to their own benefit. I don't think it's unfair to say that for every page of dialogue the reader is forced to endure about 10 pages of puerile rumination from whichever character is center stage at the moment.
    Furthermore in regards to dialogue any time that some conversation might be pertinent to the narrative it is often interrupted and kept from the reader for the simple fact that whatever character is currently driving the story doesn't want to participate in the conversation or disagrees with the views being put forth, which prompts another mind numbing descent into the character's own vapid self-obsession. This prevents any of the characters from ever seeming to actually interact with each other and inhibits them from developing relationships which the reader might care about.
    Finally pooling the entire cast of characters together you'd be hard pressed to find a single redeeming value amongst them. They are unequivocally horrible, small-minded, mean-spirited, vapid, puerile, unsympathetic people. The only way that they could have a positive impact between them on the town they all inhabit would be they were all killed in a train crash.
    I genuinely wanted to enjoy this book, I read it. But the simple fact is that all else aside the book is billed as a black comedy and I didn't laugh once throughout. My contention is that anyone who for some reason does find humor in the book needs to seriously reexamine themselves and their behavior because between the child-abuse, both physical and sexual, the self-obsession to exclusion of all else, blatant self-aggrandizing, casual alcoholism, drug abuse and psychologically stunted views on sexuality presented in the book there just isn't anything that a well-adjusted person should find funny. That isn't to say that there aren't people who will enjoy the book for it's purported social agenda or even the simple fact that J.K. Rowling wrote it. I'm simply not among them and wouldn't want to

    64 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Down right disappointed in Rowling

    I like many of you if not 99% of you, bought this book because you enjoyed the Potter books. Now, I was not expecting another Potter series. Now I am a bit biased towards science fiction or even fantasy type books, but I can still enjoy a good action, thriller, horror, or even a cuddle by the fire comedy book just like the next person. However, I am not sure if Rowling was trying to do a complete opposite from the fantasy style books or what here. Maybe she didn't like when you went to Barnes and Noble and looked for the Harry Potter series, you found them in the child's section near the stage where the grown ups would read to the kids.

    My review is short - I was completely disappointed in this book. Rowling writes well and you can tell with her very descriptive words of rape, sex and more sex and child abuse all through this book. That is one thing Rowling is good at, is drawing the reader in. Ya she draws you in alright, but you find yourself needing to take a shower after reading.

    I do not think I can look at her anymore and think of Potter anymore. It has left a bad taste in my mouth. The books on tape (ipod in my case) of the Potter series with Jim Dale makes it more bearable.

    I guess I am going to have to wait for another author to come around that will match the Potter books. Until then, I would highly suggest you stay away from this one. Keep your mind pure. You do not need a book to tell you that their are problems in this world with poverty. I can watch the news, or even go down to the corner and chat with people on the streets on Privet drive Thank you very much!

    64 out of 164 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Could be better

    I just purchased my print copy and I have to say, it is not as good as I hoped it would be. Also, $17 for the eBook is far to expensive.

    60 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Ick...Beware!

    I wouldn't even give it one star if it would let me. Very offensive. Total waste of money. DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS READ IT. Harry Potter this is not. I am very disappointed in the lack if intelligence or creativity in this book. It almost seems like JK Rowling was trying so hard NOT to write a children's book that she threw out any writing talent she possessed and just threw ignorant and vulgar crap at her readers. I will be looking into getting my money back.

    59 out of 273 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Dissappointed

    I hated this book. I read everything. ALL KINDS OF BOOKS! I dont have a problem with sex, language or any of the other things that sooo bothered other people. I just couldnt find anything worthwhile in these characters. It is a hard read. Mostly, I feel like this was 3 days of my life that I will never get back!

    57 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    New book, new Rowling.

    As I read the reviews, I recalled an interview that J.R. Rowling gave in regards to this book. She said that it was meant to be very different from the Harry Potter series, along with being darker and with a more English and personal edge to it. I understand that the language and vulgarity may be an issue, but I don't believe she's using it for her own entertainment. I believe that she's just writing about what she's familiar with.

    48 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    A PITY

    Ms. Rowling, my congratulations on proving yourself to be simply another 21st century novelist who uses sex, language, and violence to become "successful" in the adult world.

    42 out of 210 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Great!

    Worth it

    31 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Ugh

    I wanted to like the book. After 50 pages, I find it quite difficult to want to continue reading. I was not put off by the vulgarity, or sexuality. It was the entire storyline.

    30 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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