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Thursday, June 3, 2010

This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas

THIS GORGEOUS GAME
Author: Donna Freitas
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374314721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374314729
SYNOPSIS:
A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT THE ISOLATION OF BEING STALKED AND THE ABUSE OF POWER.
 
Olivia Peters is over the moon when her literary idol, the celebrated novelist and muchadored local priest Mark D. Brendan, offers to become her personal writing mentor. But when Father Mark’s enthusiasm for Olivia’s prose develops into something more, Olivia’s emotions quickly shift from wonder to confusion to despair. Exactly what game is Father Mark playing, and how on earth can she get out of it?
 
This remarkable novel about overcoming the isolation that stems from victimization is powerful, luminous, and impossible to put down.
 
MY THOUGHTS:
Olivia is an aspiring writer who wins a contest that gives her the chance to meet her author idol, Father Mike.  She is on cloud nine thinking that her life is finally getting better.  You quickly learn that Father Mike's meetings with Olivia are more about obsession than mentoring.  

The characters were not as interesting as I thought they would be.  The plot was a little blah as well.  Yet, even with those feelings about the book, I could understand the story the author was trying to tell without over doing it.  It flowed nicely and the obsession progressed at a normal pace. I just wish I could have liked the characters a little more.  I was not a big fan of the ending either. It left things unfinished.  I hope this is something the author will plan on fixing with her next books.

Overall it wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't great either.  It left me wanting more ends tied up and the characters to have had a little more depth to them.

MY RATING:


 
  If the library doesn't have it, don't worry about reading it! 2 STARS



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