Elana gave me this book. It’s the story of twenty-somethings with a Hamptons beach share. I have some mixed feelings about this book.
Its certainly realistic. That was kind of cool. The problem for me (and not the fault of the book) is that I would have hated it. There is a mention of a girl who leaves after one day. That would have been undoubtedly, me. Even at the end, while they acknowledge that it sucks – they agree to absolutely want to do it again next year. Ugh. This pretty much colored my whole feeling about the book. I know who these people are (my friends) but I just can’t get into it. I also kind of hated the characters – they did remind me of my friends, but not the positive things about my friends. Like, a trumped up, one dimensional version of them. Not so awesome. I never really did learn each character’s name, and while I think they were supposed to represent a different facet of early-twenties (a la Sex and the City), they all just seemed so similar to me.
My big problem with the book wasn’t all this – it was the pretentiousness of it. Like, its a perfectly normal paragraph – describing the scene, the dialogue is written well, and then there is a line like “Rachel knew that being burned was a part of life” or something. That’s not a quote, but it all just felt so contrived. Don’t stick me with some weird Quarter Life Crisis “deep thoughts,” just describe the damn bathroom. And they are watching a flip cup game, and then all of a sudden the author uses “flip” to describe some sort of change of heart/course. It was just too heavy for the book, and sadly – wouldn’t be that heavy in a book that wasn’t this kind of beachy lit. It just came off as trite.