Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review: India's Summer

by: Thérèse

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

India Butler, single and about to turn forty, travels to LA in an attempt to reinvent her life. In a world rarely illuminated by the flashbulbs of the paparazzi, she discovers the true meaning of "having it all."

This book is a chick lit novel all the way. I have seen complaints about the product dropping, but I thought it fit. After all, her sister is a movie star AND a rock star's wife. And out there, when you are that wealthy, that stuff is important. And I think Thérèse does a good job making the point about why that's a problem.

India is a high school teacher from England. She comes to LA to visit her sister and figure out what she wants from her life. At first she just wants to see her sister, but then she can't stomach going home to her same dreary job. She wants to help troubled teens, not fill out paperwork.

I like India and her sister, she takes these people that we would only know through the tabloid and makes them human. Granted they are completely out of touch with reality, but they are still people.

I will say there were far too many errors in this book. When I find that many, I think maybe I should just start up my freelance editor business. Can't possibly do any worse than that person did. But it's not the worst I've ever seen and you can get around it.

My final criticism. She would have Annabelle say something and then India would say "we call it" insert phrase "in England." But it would be a phrase I use in my own daily life. I'm from Michigan...born from people who are from Michigan. We are not English, I don't even know any English people. So I would get stuck on those points because either Michigan and England have the exact same phrases, or the author didn't do her homework. It was distracting from the novel.

That being said, I really did enjoy the story and I was rooting for India through the whole book.

1 comment:

  1. Now I am far from perfect when it comes to grammar and continuity in a story, but I can never help finding these types of flaws and they always ruin my desire to go any further in the book. It's a shame because it sounds like a good story. If I ever decide to publish anything, I will have to send it through a lot of editing. Maybe by then you will be in business. ;-)


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