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Engaging but ultimately unconvincing,
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This review is from: An Awfully Big Adventure (Paperback)
There are some parts of this book that you cannot help but enjoy: the lack of glamour in the running of a provincial theatre where the cast complain about "the digs" and are forever tripping over carelessly discarded brooms and suchlike back stage. Bainbridge tries to do something more than just satirise the egos of minor celebs, however, she wants her main character, Stella, to go on a journey of discovery and this is where the book monumentally fails. Some revewiers have compared the denoument to "The Sixth Sense"; unfortunately it is nowhere near as good. By the end we already know that Stella is psychologically unbalanced by the way she quickly falls for Meredith (though we never learn precisely why) and the wayshe allows herself to be used and abused by multiple men throughout the book. Given the subject matter and characters Bainbridge could have done a lot more with this than she does. The writing is imaginative and I personally enjoyed the occassional flourishes of flowery prose usually employed when describing something quite mundane, but ultimately the plot could have been better.