It is finally the weekend! Thank fuck!!! I am exhausted lol. Anywho, since it is Saturday that means that it is time for a book review! this week it is all about The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. Let’s do this!
Do you ever read a book that you instantly forget the moment you close it? this was one of those books for me. Which really sucks. And it wasn’t even because this was a bad book, it just wasn’t great. And it meant that it ended up being a bit forgettable.
My main issue with this book is that it is incredibly predictable. I guessed every single thing that happened in this book buy about the third chapter. Absolutely nothing took me by surprise. I found that everything was laid out in plain sight. Nothing was subtle. It was just so in your face that it was impossible not to know what was going to happen. and the annoying thing is that if it had been done more subtly this could have been a brilliant book filled with plot twists and unexpected revelations. And it just wasn’t.
I was also a bit disappointed by the magical elements of this book. and by a bit I mean very. Going into this book I was expecting it to a bit like The Strange And Beautiful Sorrow Of Ava Lavender or On The Other Side. But it was just a bit un-magical. It honestly read more like a contemporary with some magic thrown into it for the sake of it then a magical realism. I just felt like it could have been better. With a bit more magic and mystery and wonder this book could have been awe inspiring. With a little more work it could have rivalled The Night Circus. But instead I was left feeling a bit short changed.
And I am really disappointed and annoyed that I feel this way. because I could have loved this book. I truly believe that. I really liked the two main characters. I thought that they were both so different but also so similar. And they were warm and funny and very likable. In fact, I found myself smiling at them time and time again. There was one point in this book that actually made me laugh out loud in the middle of my works staff room (cue some very confused looks from my colleagues). The potential was there for me to love this book! it just fell short. Really short.
I think if Allen had either taken out the magical elements and written this as a contemporary or if she had developed the magical elements more, then this could have been incredible. I could have truly loved it. but as it is now, I feel let down. I was promised something and given something else.
2.5 out of 5
And there we have it. Have you read The Girl Who Chased The Moon? I’ve never seen anyone talking about this book. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.