The Man on Top of the World, Vanessa Clark
I was so looking forward to this book, it sounded like one I’d love. Sadly I was wrong – I just didn’t connect with it.
The two main characters seemed to me to be clearly troubled, confused, deep, and yet I just didn’t like either of them – couldn’t get a sense “of” them, of what sort of person they really were underneath all the front they put on. I need to care about characters, to want them to succeed in what makes them happy and though I felt for Jonathan and was so sad for him when it all went wrong, I couldn’t really feel that everything could be real.
Dunno – I guess the start put me off, it was page after page after page after page of sex, along with drugs, drink etc that follows the rock star world. Usually that’s a kind of colour added to the story but I felt it became all the story, that there wasn’t much else. I was pretty confused at times but the way the words flowed, wasn’t always sure just who was speaking and who was listening.
One of those stories that will be great for many readers but just didn’t work for me. It happens, its just a disconnect between reader and story, we don’t all want the same things from our reading and though this doesn’t work for me it could be perfect for you. 😉 I might go back to it in the future and see if I still feel the same – I just really really wanted to like this read.
Stars: Two, just didn’t work for me sadly.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher