I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Book Review: The Theory of Happily Ever After, Kristin Billerbeck

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Interesting premise, and loads of potential. However, it just didn't cut it for me. After the first chapter, I wasn't sure I would keep reading. The characters felt like the author was trying too hard to be clever with witty banter, and for me it fell flat. The relationship between the friends just didn't seem smooth. It felt forced.

Also, for Maggie to be such an analytical, left-brained person, she certainly threw caution to the wind on several occasions rather than use logic to think through those situations. Of course it was under the guise of trying something new, but it just didn't work. And Maggie's friends were super annoying. It was like listening to junior high conversations, and became tiresome very quickly.

I felt the author wanted us to 'get' that Maggie didn't feel worthy, but she pounded the idea to death. And the mother...please. Ugh. She was very verbally abusive and din't seem like she cared for Maggie at all. We didn't hear from the father, but he didn't stop the mother from being ugly, or try to soften the blows, so maybe it doesn't matter that we didn't hear from him.

Also, the mentions of God were few and far between, and many decisions made by Maggie and co had nothing to do with their Christian faith. It was like it was just a token tossed in to keep the book within that genre. Not my type of book! Based on this book alone I don't know whether I would read another from her, and certainly not if this becomes a series.


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