The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
No. Just no.Weak plot, cliched characters and annoying, whiny protagonist. The main character was actually okay for the first part of the book (hence the 2 stars instead of 1). Then he becomes increasingly incomprehensible and tiring - melodramatic,
No. Just no.
Weak plot, cliched characters and annoying, whiny protagonist. The main character was actually okay for the first part of the book (hence the 2 stars instead of 1). Then he becomes increasingly incomprehensible and tiring - melodramatic, hysterical. I just kept hoping he'd get punched in the face and gain some sense.
But above all: terrible writing, that uses all the emotional manipulation tricks in the book - yet fails to sincerely move the reader. The main character is never as annoying as when he tries to be endearing (v. any single page about his kids - plus some incomprehensibly emotional descriptions of some random girl he's known for two hours, but who is just spontaneous and amazing and just oh my God). I mean, which kind of person writes, about some girl he met 10 minutes earlier,
She believes in [her boyfriend], with all her heart she believes, and nobody’s going to talk her out of it. For that, I love her.
Who talks like that? What kind of pretend feelings are these? What kind of desperado declares love for a random hitch-hiker because of some feeling they are projecting on them?
Also, excessive space is given to some episode where the protagonists' daughter is holding her brother's booger on her finger, to the point that I was actually wondering if the writer wanted to make us dislike these children.
I don't want to say "this guy can't write", as the book appears to be popular and liked. I guess Evison's style just pushes all the wrong buttons with me. At some point I even thought "If this guy uses the world "trouper" once more I'm going to scream". Ugh.
So, in short: if you think my complaints seem unfair just go ahead and read, it might work for you. But it really didn't do it for me.