08 February 2013

Crash; Lisa McMann

Crash (Visions, #1)Crash by Lisa McMann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 starts is a bit generous - 2.5 would be better. Why? Because the author is trying to do too much here and it's the start to a series (a one-off would have been much better).

First, there's a family feud between two pizza families. Second, there's a gay older brother. Third, the author uses lists far too often. Fourth, Our Heroine has visions. And Fifth, Dad's a depressive hoarder. Subtract any two of them and it would have been a stronger book. That Jules' brother is gay is casually tossed in, which is fine, but it felt deliberately casual, as in "hey, look, here's a gay character because they happen, you know?" (if so, the comments about going to church could have been stricken). That Dad's a depressive hoarder was, I suppose, to further illustrate why Jules had no friends and to give her Something To Overcome. Without the visions the story wouldn't move forward, so ok, leave them in but... Sigh.

ARC provided by publisher.

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