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Actions speak louder than words?
26 July 2018
Playful and (surely) well intentioned, but unconfident - to the point that Harry and noah's relationship plays second fiddle to a ludicrous mystery adventure filled with sitcom stereotypes. The pacing is usually quick, which is good when you want so many scenes to hurry up and be over. The protagonist Noah is frustrating and often unlikeable - and once he said, 'oh phooey,' in total sincerity, which there is no excuse for.
Harry is a sweet heart. Noah could grow into it, maybe. Actions speak louder than words, which is a recurring theme in this book, yet the conclusion to Noah and Harry's romantic angst is just another (admittedly nice) speech. There has to be something in-between a grand, public gesture and a private apology. Ah, yes. I think Harry was the one to find it, when, even with how upset he was at Noah, he went ahead and dug out the *spoiler* from the bin that Noah was after.
I guess that says it. Harry is a freaking hero who shows through actions how he feels. Noah, though? He's a bit of a prick sometimes. That works for a lot of people on TV in dramas, but in books it's all about psychology and motivation - we should be in his head, we should be endeared. But I'm not.
The first book - still flawed - was much better. I'll return for the sequel if it (and Noah!) calms down a bit.