Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
Genre: General Fiction (adult), Literary fiction
Well, lots of rave reviews, an author who I’ve never read and a book that sounded interesting.
So loads of people love this book but for me? It just didn’t work.
I found the constant time changing choppy and confusing. One moment I felt the kids were small then we were reminiscing and they were adults. Then back to them as kids again…
I didn’t like the characters, didn’t understand what they did, why the did things and just felt I was reading day to day appalling parenting, reading about neglectful, selfish adults, bad decisions and after getting to 60% with a struggle I finally gave up.
I can see others love it, really adore it and that’s great. Its just isn’t one for me. That’s how reading is, what one likes another hates so make your own judgment, you could be among those who love this kind of read, or like me who don’t.
Its not a reflection of how good or bad a story is, just on how the reader enjoys it. I’ve loved books others have rated one and two stars, what they didn’t like is what made them perfect for me. this could be that book for you. Or not 😉
Stars: Two, I didn’t hate it so no one star from me but there wasn’t enough interest to keep me reading.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers