Monday, October 11, 2010

How Predictable

I finished reading another book, so I guess that means it's time for another book review. And no, that's not what's predictable. (Although maybe it is.)

What I'm talking about is the book The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon.

"Christina spots the masked man in the dark, lonely parking lot--but too late. She's grabbed, drugged, and whisked off to a dingy basement, where she struggles to stay alive.

When her family pays the kidnappers' ransom, Christina thinks her ordeal is over... but then discovers that her family thinks she orchestrated her own kidnapping! Christina is desperate. How far will she go to prove her innocence?"
Source: the back of the book

The premise is promising enough. Ooh! Girl gets kidnapped! She's being beaten to within an inch of her life with no food or water, tied up, scared out of her mind, confused. Just barely gets out, and now her parents don't believe her! But no. The premise builds up something that the story doesn't live up to.

I'd hate to spoil things, but I might end up doing that, so read with caution. I'll point out the obvious spoilers along the way:

To be blunt, this book was very predictable.


After Christina gets out, she sees this guy and there's a quick description and multiple mentions of him. Ding, ding! My sensors are going off -- this guy is going to be crucial to the plot from here on out! (I was right.) Then I get that feeling -- she's going to start having feelings for him! (I was right, and it brought back horrible Twilight memories.) I also get the feeling he's got an agenda, not just wanting to help Christina! (I was right.) Even from the very beginning, there were things that were probably intended to be foreshadowing, but made that sensor go off. Christina talks about a creepy guy in the beginning, and you know from there that this guy is the kidnapper. You didn't even have to wait for her to figure it out.

Then there are some nitpicky things. The novel is written in present tense. I'm not a big fan of present tense, but that's my opinion. So don't let that sway you. If you like present tense, you might like this book more. Second, the style of the writing seemed a tad immature to me, but again, that's my opinion.

And I truly believe the description on the back was a bit exaggerated. Christina "struggles to stay alive." Not quite the case. I won't say too much, because actually, what really happens has to do with the plot, and the twist it takes. It's just it read a little boring to me... for a kidnapping.

Apparently this book won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. I wasn't very intrigued. I wasn't gripped by this book. I wasn't even scared for the character. I really don't know what to say. It's a good story, but I think it could have been better. That's my opinion, so I'll let you decide.

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