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The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
I picked this book to review. I should have read some reviews before I picked it. I should have not let my curiosity get the best of me.
But…I love science fiction stories. I grew up on Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and many more. But this story…well…I can’t even finish it, and I really wanted to.
Because y’all read my posts (at least some of you do), I trust that what I have to say influences you to some degree, for good or bad. Since my goal is to be truthful and encouraging, I have to be honest. This is not a book I want to recommend…to anyone.
Okay, here goes. I only made it to page 26 in the book. If you know me at all, I am a very enthusiastic reader and a devourer of the written word. Not this time.
Within the first few pages I was assaulted with 12 curse words (most more coarse than I could let slide by, yes I do let some slide by…not this time), that the main character had been in a relationship with a man that changed gender to become a woman, and had casual (this shouldn’t even be a term) sexual relations with a strange man.
As much as the basis of the story intrigued me, I cannot even finish the book. Mores the pity because now I cannot even tell you what the rest of the story is about, other than what I read on the back cover, “fates will collide in spectacular fashion and leave readers amazed, shaken, and profoundly moved.” I was all of those things, but seriously not in a good way.
An interesting twist on time, space, and life. Wish it wasn’t so “pop culture-ish” with so much yuck in it. I would have rather read the story if I wasn’t inundated with the author’s view on life, even if this is supposed to be sci-fi. Not my piece of cake at all, and y’all know how much I love desserts.
Sadly, with 293 pages left in this book, the story may have become better, I wouldn’t know though. So, with the previous opinion stated, you may be able to overlook the items I listed and read on and find that it is well worth the read. Alas, I shall never know.
Better luck next time on a book review, sorry folks…nothing to see (read) here.
In His Grace.
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