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on 11 April 2014
This book is, quite possibly, one of the worst books I have ever read. Whilst the premise is good - devout Jewish girl meets fundamental Muslim and falls in love. The story, as written by this author, is beyond ridiculous. Both young people quickly abandon their upbringing and belief systems, there are too many convenient coincidences and as for the way it is written..... 'The plane took off. The plane landed.'
What could have been an excellent portrayal of cross cultural struggle is, instead, a trite, chick-lit style novel which stretches the bounds of incredulity. Sadly I haven't yet finished this sorry tale and can't wait to do so since I never leave a book unfinished.
I finally finished this book. My opinion has not changed. Dreadful book, a waste of time and money - not something I usually say about any book.
When reading a work of fiction, unless it is fantasy of course, I think the story should, on some level, be believable. Reading a story of such convenient coincidences and strokes of luck as this one just detracts from the whole purpose of reading - it is impossible to immerse oneself in the story as it is just so trite, the characters are two-dimensional at best. Whilst I expect to escape from every day life when I read I also want something that grabs my imagination and emotion. The young woman who is one of the main protagonists comes from a wealthy family, she is a journalism student who writes the most amazing articles - how does she possibly have the time? Unrealistic. Her boss is so keen to have her write for him, despite her age and lack of experience, he provides the company apartment, in Manhattan, for her and her husband in return for one article a month - Unbelievable. Plot lines are signposted well in advance - for example, the continual references to a work place in the World Trade Centre.
The best part of this novel comes in the last few pages with a surprise plot twist that I didn't see coming - unlike the rest of them.