Isabelle, St Bede's Inter-Church School
This is a book driven by plot, not characters, despite what the book itself would have you think. Despite beginning with the idea that at aged twelve Annabelle learned to lie, and finishing with the idea that she also learned to tell the truth that year, neither of these ideas are truly addressed again through out the book, leaving the reader surprised at the end when truth is brought up again. This is not a book about character development or themes of honesty, though that doesn't stop the plot carrying you through.
The lack of depth to the characters stopped me as a reader from empathizing with the events, I read as an interested observer, rather than an invested, emotional reader. Plenty of the characters, from Andy 'the plot device', to the 'convenient to the narrative' younger brothers, to the 'exposition at dinner' grandparents, felt unreal, merely slipped in to help further the plot. Even the fleshed out characters of Tony and Annabelle don't significantly develop or change, I wouldn't even argue that the relationship between them shifts within the book.
This is not to say I didn't enjoy it, it really does have a gripping plot.
Posted on: 3rd May 2017 at 08:48 pm
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