Lucas Gatto Gatto itibaren Texas
What an unusual book ... and I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. I had my eye on this book for a long time because the cover was catchy (hey, it matters! :) and because the premise sounded interesting. Well, if the story would've just stuck with the main character Rose and her quirky ability to sense the mood and feelings of the person who cooked, baked or prepared the food she eats, it would've been great. Unfortunately, a good chunk (half? a third?) of the book was dedicated to her brother Joseph, and his unusual "skill" as Rose calls it. Sadly, it wasn't that interesting of a "skill", had absolutely nothing to do with Rose or her "skill", and was never actually explained. Lame. I would've preferred if the story would've just concentrated on Rose and fleshed out that whole concept more clearly. SPOILERS below -- And speaking of not being fleshed out -- we never learned why there is such a distant relationship with the grandmother, why Rose's Mom decides to have an affair, and especially why Rose would condone this affair. We also never really learn why her brother Joseph is so depressed that he somehow (??) is able to turn himself into a piece of furniture. HUH???? Is that supposed to be symbolic? All it seems to me is ridiculous. Overall, the book was just ok. I'm not sure I'd recommend it to friends. Luckily, the book isn't all that long, so I breezed through it in one particularly long day of traveling. Oh, and one of the most annoying parts of the book, to me, was that there were absolutely no quotation marks used for any of the dialogue in the book. I'm not sure why the author felt the need to leave this out, because it definitely made the paragraphs difficult to read, as the narrative just ran together with the dialogue, sometimes in a quite confusing manner. Odd.