Tuesday, February 28, 2012
In The Driver's Seat - A review
Oops! I forgot to fill you in on my recent reading habits. Last month, my dear friend, Sam, sent me a wonderful package with two books. One of which she thought I'd really enjoy and another that just looked like a fun easy read. Now, when Sam Howard suggests you read something, you take her up on it because she is pretty much a book genius.
Unfortunately, I'm lazy, so I chose the shorter book instead of the actual suggestion. The book was titled 'In The Driver's Seat' by Helen Simpson. Now, for some reason, I didn't pay very good attention to the book jacket and somehow neglected to see that it was a collection of short stories.
What I learned while reading this book is that I apparently can't stand short stories that have no cohesion to one another. I like character development and getting engrossed in a story, and that's hard to do when the author jumps around from unconnected plot to unconnected plot. So, I had a pretty hard time finishing the book and it took a lot longer than I expected.
Now, it's not that the stories weren't well written (they were!) or interesting (they were!). I just found that after a short time with each set of characters, I expected more from them. I expected closure. I didn't expect them to be hit by a bus (spoiler...that happens in one) as some sort of end to the story.
Would I recommend this book? Honestly, no. But that's because I didn't enjoy it. Well, that's a good reason to not suggest it I guess... But, if you like short stories, I'd suggest giving it a chance. Or maybe it'd be good to read at the beach because you won't get super distracted and get all sunburnt.
Either way, I finished it. So I'm on my way to completing my goal. And I'm sure I'll enjoy the real Sam Howard suggested reading when I open it up. Unfortunately for the book, I need to take a quick break from my reading schedule to reread the Hunger Games series before the movie comes out next month. Besides, I'm currently reading comic books. And I can't count those towards my overall count.