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This review is from: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Paperback)
I had such high hopes for this book! Although the blurb sounded slightly unusual, I thought I'd enjoy it particularly as Jodi Picoult described it as "beautiful". Well, it wasn't. It was confusing throughout and completely unhinged in places. I tried very hard to enjoy it as I hate giving up on a book once I've started, but frankly I wished I hadn't bothered. I'm not sure what Aimee Bender was trying to achieve. In my opinion, she kicked the backside out of trying to be quirky and unique. I came away from the book knowing less about it than when I started. I still don't understand what all the underlying issues with the family were. I especially don't understand the brother's legs/chair legs incident. I found it slightly irritating that speech marks weren't used; I don't see the benefit in leaving the reader to occasionally reread a sentence to establish what is narrative and what is dialogue. I think the book had great potential to be really gripping and enjoyable.....had it been a completely different story! Unfortunately I won't be recommending this to anyone.