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1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to give it no stars (but I wouldn't have made it to the review section)!, 11 Jan 2014
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A Book Club read - and one I didn't vote for - so a labour to get as far as I did without reaching the 'my life is too short to finish this!' stage. Collectively a very, very low scoring book from all the book club members, and there is generally a supporter for any book of the varied ones selected.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2014 11:28:26 BDT
Matt says:
With all due respect, this isn't actually a review. A review of a book, whether positive or negative, requires some actual information about the book. All I learned from your review is that you didn't like it. For this to be of any use to me requires at the very least some context. What is it about you, your situation or past that made you react so negatively to Ms. Lawson's writing? Although not strictly speaking a review this sort of information allows your readers to assess whether they would likely feel the same way.

Alternatively you could actually review the book itself. To do this you would need give examples of where you feel the author failed and explain why you feel that way. For example, a perfectly legitimate comment is that the book is described as a memoir but is constructed with no real narrative structure and jumps from one subject to another with little clear purpose. Whether you regard this as a nihilistic comment on the ultimate lack of a coherent story in real lives, a deliberate device to illustrate the fractured nature of the author's perceptions or evidence of incompetence is where your opinion comes in.

Re-reading what I've just written I fear that it comes over as terribly patronising. If so I'm terribly sorry, I just find the sheer volume of essentially empty "reviews" rather frustrating!
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