Thursday, 14 February 2008

Disappointing Read

Finished February 13
The Heroines by Eileen Favorite
I felt the blurbs on the cover were misleading: "adolescent angst meets metaphysics, screwball-comedy trysts with the underpinnings of reality. It's funny and tender..." and "... a fun take on the impact literature can have on our lives." are examples
I did not find this book fun at all. Yes, as the inside cover synopsis indicates the main character, 13-year-old Penny Entwhistle and her mother Anne-Marie run a bed and breakfast that is often visited by heroines from literature who need a break from their storylines. However when Penny meets up with a hero searching for the heroine in the nearby woods, it is not fun. He is seriously dangerous, more so than she realizes. Because she is caught up away from home after dark her mother has called the police and her bruises lead to an examination at the hospital, where she is admitted to a mental ward. Here is where things get seriously scary. The manipulative staff, the treatment of the patients and the level of danger are off the scale.
When everything gets wrapped up at the end, it is very sudden and many things are not explained very well. Don't bother.

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