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Waste of time
on 28 November 2011
After reading The Book Thief, I decided I needed to read more of Markus Zusak's work. I adore that book.
But although The Messenger didn't disappoint, Getting The Girl was a complete let down.
The storyline is so flimsy you basically know what's going to happen long before it does. There is no guessing, there is none of the eagerness to follow on with the story and there certainly isn't the 'can't put it down' factor. It's just a story about a boy in a small town who dreams of being more than just the 'weird' quiet little brother to two young men who are very strong characters.
The undertones of stalking and obsessive behaviour didn't sit comfortably at all, especially as it's implied that no one really minds because it's just Cam being odd. It just didn't ring true, no teenage girl would enjoy that. And her family would be on the phone to the police!
I read it all the way through, hoping it would improve but at the end felt that even if I'd read this as a teenager I'd still be left feeling I'd wasted my time on this.
I didn't especially warm to Cam or any of the other characters, it all felt very forced.
Not worth your time or money unless you want a badly written book about a boy who is as interesting as mud.