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WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
on 28 November 1999
I am a huge JAK and AQ fan, so I waited eagerly for this to come out. I had read reviews that said it was the best thing she had written for ages, and others that said it was terrible. But quite honestly, it was neither.
Despite what I had read, this wasn't a formulaic novel - in fact, maybe that was the problem. It never really seemed to get started, and my overwhelming impression of it was a feeling of 'Is this all?' It seemed like AQ was trying to explore new ground, and break that very samey mold she's fallen into lately, but it just didn't work. I kept getting the feeling that I had missed something - and of course I had, but it was something missing in the book, not in my understanding of it.
All in all, I can't say it was great or awful, but it was a bit of a disapointment. So if you are looking for something to renew your faith in JAK, then look for one of her older offerings.