A Reader's Voice

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (143 of 199)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 66,508 - Total Helpful Votes: 143 of 199
Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
I like books that have an unusual point of view and that get me looking at the world from a different angle. This book did that. I was intrigued throughout by the voice of the imaginary friend, and who he was and how he experienced the world based on the imagination of the little boy that created him. The boy has autism, which I suppose is why people want to compare this book with 'The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime'. But the book isn't about the boy. It is about the imaginary friend and his ultimate fear that he will cease to exist once the boy stops believing in him. There are complex questions here of what makes you real as a person, your purpose in life, and doing… Read more
My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 13 Jan 2013
I feel compelled to write this review as the majority of reviews are so positive about this book.

I found this book awful. It is neither about love, nor about one man's experience in the First World War, nor about plastic surgery, nor about women's experience during the war. It crams all these themes into the story, yes, but it leaves all of them flat and unexplored. Events and even characters seem to be plonked into the book for the sole purpose that the book can claim to be about x (whatever x is at that point), but this regularly happens in one sentence, and then the event - and sometimes the character - is forgotten, and never referred to again. A really good example… Read more
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurishly bad, 4 Aug 2012
Do not be fooled into buying this book because of the author's famous name, or the savvy cover text. The characters are flat, the dialogue is forced, and the story clunks from one improbable and convenient (co)incident to the next without actually getting anywhere. There's no magic, no tension, and no development. There isn't even the satisfaction of a historical sense of place. I will say that I'm not particularly taken with Gregory's adult fiction, but at least it is readable. This book simply isn't. It is so infuriatingly amateurish that I literally wanted to scream at the page. Do not buy this book.