OK so I got a review on my newest book called Sometimes Love Hurts. It only got 2 stars, yet the reviewer had some interesting things to say.
As she wrote the things that disappointed her, she also wrote things that intrigued her.
She starts with some negative feedback: There were just some smalls things that got me (and I picked up on these throughout the novel) such as using the narrative mode incorrectly. The book is told from multiple perspectives, in first-person narratives. Yet there were parts where the character would speak in first-person, and say stuff that she couldn’t know unless she was looking atherself—which, I’m pretty sure, in that scene, she wasn’t. I mainly noticed this with the character of Crystal.
Then on a positive note she writes: Essentially, this is a story about love. Fostino uses layering really well to combine several narrative layers into her book, each of which tell their own love story, whilst linking into the other stories. And it was this combining of narrative layers that really ‘did it’ for me. Because, it was cleverly tackled. And, believe me, it got complicated in places, but Fostino handled it expertly.
Another positive thing she writes: Mirroring is something that Fostino did really well in ‘Sometimes Love Hurts’. I absolutely loved how the love stories of the youngest and oldest generation mirrored each other, whilst the middle love story was slightly different.
Now back to some negative again: However, I felt that it was more of a glimpse into several characters’ lives than a story. I mean that in the sense that, for me, there wasn’t an actual plot and almost no character development was apparent. There wasn’t a climactic build-up of events, and there was a lot more telling going on than showing, (but then a large proportion of the novel is told through journal entries). It was probably for this reason that I didn’t really feel that engaged with the characters, or feel much tension at all. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I like a lot of action…
There is a lot more to this review and I guess what I am saying is I would love to see what you think? Between all the negative and positive things she said I am sure it was hard for her to rate this book.
I have to say I really appreciate her reading and reviewing my book with all her details that she took the time to write. Check out her review and then maybe take a chance and read it yourself and see if you agree or disagree.
Thank You Madeline for all you do, I applaud you.
I am the Author
a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &