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Very Political- terrible ending

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-2021

This was a strange book. Not riveting but entertaining enough. I did find myself wishing it would wrap up, though.

It seems everything is politicised today, and this is an example of the author promoting his political views . The ending is just absurd and the author really delights in killing off a real-life person, which isn’t okay, regardless of one’s political views.

John Boyne is such a great story teller and one of my favourite authors but this one just didn’t do it for me. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be.

Got to Chapter 20, Couldn’t finish

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-2020

I absolutely loved Boy Swallows Universe and could hardly wait for this book.

Perhaps If I had actually read it it I would have appreciated it more.

Unfortunately, for me the narrator was just way too over the top with her voice. It sounded like a children’s book - and not a very good one. Her portrayal of Molly was just silly, bordering on annoying.

I’m not sure if the narrator made the story itself sound amateurish but that was the overall feeling it left me with.

Lots of tangents - not helping build characters or plot lines. Lots of pointless sentences.

A lot of weak, corny, cliched characters .

When you find yourself cringing and rolling your eyes when listening to a story... it’s just not a good story.

Sorry, Trent Dalton. I still think you’re an incredible writer.

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This will stay with you

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

Such a clever, funny and bittersweet story told in the musical voice of an Irish man. Loved it!

Silly and predictable

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

Had to read this for my book club, not my taste at all. Silly, far-fetched plot, silly characters and predictable happy endings for all.