I keep waffling on the score, but I’m landing at 2.5 stars, which means I rounded up to 3.
On the drama scale of 0 to 10, this gets a 27. It’s as if a soap opera, had an affair with a telenovela, and all the offspring got sent to high school. That’s what I liked best about this book.
The initial drama sucks you in, and it isn’t until you step back from it that you realize some things are missing here, like character development, plot elements (including a plot, in general), transitions between scenes and dialogue, setting, and realism and believability, which typically exist in a contemporary novel.
You have to suspend disbelief at a pro level for this one. Still, it’s an amusing experience, if you need a change of pace.
The final thing I found difficult is that the story has approximately 237 side characters, when about 15 would have been sufficient. The majority of those side characters aren’t developed past having a name and a side in the drama. Most of them aren’t useful to the story, and they just get in the way and waste time.
343 Read in 2018