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My Sweet Girl de Amanda Jayatissa
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My Sweet Girl (edició 2021)

de Amanda Jayatissa (Autor)

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Membre:Maddyee
Títol:My Sweet Girl
Autors:Amanda Jayatissa (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2021), 384 pages
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What is it about unlikeable main characters? Is it because readers waste no time in empathizing with them, so the story moves forward easily? Paloma is troubled. She should have had the ideal childhood. Adopted by a San Francisco couple from a Sri Lankan orphanage, she should have had the ideal childhood. But she remains aloof from friends, easy to anger and has turned to alcohol to help her survive. The reader knows she has hidden something terrible from that time in the orphanage, but Paloma’s narration is so unreliable, its not till the end of the book, we know what it is and that not all her hallucinations are that. She is in danger and this twisted psychological tale will rivet the reader to the end. ( )
  brangwinn | Oct 3, 2021 |
There should be a bright future ahead of author Amanda Jayatissa, and I'm basing my opinion simply on how her mind worked as she constructed the plot for My Sweet Girl. There are enough twists and turns to satisfy any reader who loves surprises-- or who loves to attempt to figure them out ahead of time. The book does fall victim to a couple of things that did lessen my enjoyment, however.

At 384 pages, the book has "too much middle," as a fellow mystery lover calls it. If the story had been tightened up, the second thing would not have annoyed me nearly as much. What is the second thing? Paloma, the main character herself. Through the first third of the book, I felt bad for Paloma. Her voice is filled with judgment, with profanity, with anger, with fear, with guilt. The judgmental attitude I could overlook to a great extent as well as the profanity. Besides, the way Paloma tells her story really made me want to know what made her so fearful, so angry, so guilty. But these strong emotions went on and on and on. If the book had had more editing to tighten everything up, I would not have had time to either deduce the main plot twist or to become increasingly annoyed with Paloma. But it didn't, and I did.

Yes, I did have some problems with My Sweet Girl, but there's a lot to like about this story that shows us the lengths to which people will go when they are absolutely desperate. On the strength of her plot and Paloma's voice, I'll be keeping an eye peeled for Jayatissa's next book.

(Review copy courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley) ( )
  cathyskye | Sep 6, 2021 |
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