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1.0 out of 5 stars Potential that did not live up to its hype., 13 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: Fair Game (Hardcover)
'Fair Game' the title said and I thought that it would be a fair if not a good book. Sadly, it didn't live up to this impression - nor even its name - fair it wasn't. The heroine of 'Fair Game' is Harriet Grey, who despite overworked attempts to paint her to the contrary, is as colourless as her name. Predictably, she's travelled the world, worked in TEFL and now works in recruitment. Despite being one of the girls she does an un-sisterly thing by pursuing an ex-schoolfriend's boyfirend. Although it would be possible for a plot to evolve satisfactorily on this basis, with the moral and social dilemmas it might involve, it simply doesn't work. Ms Grey doesn't even like the friend, who's given her hell at school and proceeds to irritate her in adult life. Although I bought the book as a quick, humourous read, I found attempts at this, were forced and unfunny. The book is full of flimsy characters, of which there are far too many and who often cloud the issue. Meanwhile, its sketchy descriptions sometimes suggest that the author has not given a lot of thought to it. For example, apparently, she can't even tell the difference between the Greek desserts kadaif and baklavas, describing one yet labelling it as the other. Regardless of positive or negative reviews, I advocate that readers should make-up their own mind about whether or not to read a book. However, this review is intended to provide an alternative to the publisher's blurb and effectively, hype.
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