Some news and a quick review on a not so good read

I have written in the past about how bleak the construction industry is getting and how the company I work for seems to be on its last leg. I am not one to let the grass grow under me, nor am I one to lay down and give up so it should come to no surprise that I now have a new job! I am now working for The Department of Forestry, how cool is that? Not only do I now have a retirement package, benefits and a federal funded job, I get to work with fire fighters and conservationists. The women who interviewed me seem to be just like me, quirky, fun yet hard working. I start May 11. I am so excited I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas day!

In between my job hunt and school, I did manage to review a book.

You Wanna Go to Willard? is the “fictional” life story of the author Linda Holbrook. It is advertised as one woman’s struggle “to find happiness she wanted and desperately needed” (from the back cover).
I asked to review the book because it sounded promising, I was hoping to read a story that would inspire me as I struggle through the first part of my middle years, but unfortunately, what Holbrook writes is yet another story of dysfunctional family life. Welcome to the club Holbrook, sorry to lay this on you, but many, Americans come from dysfunctional homes, your story is tame compared to some. Bastard of out Carolina and The Glass Castle are two books that show just how horrible family life can be, yet the authors’ of these books manage to make something out of themselves. I just cannot feel pity or joy for Holbrook, her story is not that moving or inspiring. Perhaps if Holbrook had broke from her sister or at least had it out with her over her- sister’s confession Holbrook would have seemed inspiring, but instead she lets the confession go, then drifts from her sister as a lot of sibling do. Holbrook is very brave in writing her life story and I applaud Holbrook for writing a book, unfortunately her story is all too familiar.

This is the first time I have read a book for review that I truly could not find anything positive to say. I need to figure out how to review for a disliked book. Any suggestions? What do you other reviewers do when faced with writing about a terrible read?

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

One thought on “Some news and a quick review on a not so good read”

  1. I don’t force myself to review a book I didn’t like. Of course, if you HAVE to review for some reason it is a different matter. If a book was soso for me and I want to blog about it I try to list what I liked and disliked, to get some sort of balance. If I really hated the book I have no problems to give a negative review and just try to keep it honest and fair.


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