Thursday, July 25, 2013

THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL

Author:  Rachel Simon
Genre:  Fiction, Standalone
Published:  2011
Personal Rating:  3/5 (just okay)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/Kate Reading
Yearly Count:  57


Lynnie and Homan have been placed in the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded.  They fall in love and escape the grounds to find themselves on the doorstep of Martha.  She takes them in until the authorities come to retrieve them.  All their lives are changed from that one chance meeting.

I read Simon's book Riding the Bus with My Sister in 2004, and I rated it a 4/5.  So, when I saw this one in audio at the library, I snatched it up.  I have to say, even though I only remember a little from her non-fiction book, I liked it better than this one.

My interest was piqued from the beginning, and I thought it was going great, then as time went on the storyline began to slow down, and I became bored.  Simon's Notes & Acknowledgements at the end of the book were more interesting to me than the story itself.  I think I prefer her non-fiction.
  

10 comments:

  1. I tried this on audio and the narrator didn't work for me so I set it aside.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bermudaonion ~ It's interesting how a narrator can make or break a book. Sorry this one didn't work out for you.

      Delete
  2. I read this one a little while ago and loved it. Maybe a vanilla/chocolate thing?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lynne ~ Definitely a vanilla/chocolate thing! I need action, suspense, tension, something other than just a story to keep my attention. I tend to disconnect if I'm not pulled in.

      Delete
  3. I too read this last year and it was one of my favorite reads from that year. I think because I have always been interested in the history and foundations of rehabilitation and how we've treated those with handicaps. Maybe it was because of the way the narrator read it that you weren't pulled in? Thanks for the review. I always like to read what others thought.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susanne ~ Maybe my focus wasn't where it was supposed to be. It wasn't on the disabilities. The book did give me insight into why institutions were closed.

      Delete
  4. It's funny how some times I really do like the author's notes in the back much better than the story! Too bad that this one was boring at times.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Staci ~ I think I was expecting something else - especially with the beginning. Author's notes have been a wonderful way to gain insight into the person, not just their work. I like that.

      Delete
  5. I'm thinking I'll pass on this one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Stacybuckeye ~ You may enjoy it more than I did. I just need a bit more oomph! :)

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)

I hope you have a great day and ...
Happy Reading!