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A Tale of Two Halves
on 2 November 2009
It was hard to decide what to rate this book. The first half would get five stars, the second half would get 0.
The first half of the letters are wonderful. I laughed, I gasped, I read with horror when the ladies sniped at each other and fell out. I could almost believe they were real letters except for them writing things like "oh wait, the phone is ringing", as if you actually pause to write that before answering it! Apart from that the writing is excellent and I couldn't stop reading. But I wish I had.
At the turn of a page, the entire story becomes absolutely ridiculous and not even a little bit believable, which sapped all the fun out of it for me. At one point I wondered if the last page was going to be a note from a mental institution checking one of the ladies in and revealing that she had been writing to herself out of insanity - no really, I did. Near the very end I began skim-reading letters just to get the book over with. I felt I had invested enough time to finish it but I was getting no enjoyment out of it.
And this is nitpicky but the last few pages were clearly designed just to leave room for a sequel, which I found a bit jarring.