Author: April Henry
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
DNF - 1 StarThank you Henry Holt for sending me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, which did not affect my review in any way.
I don't know why this is labeled a "thriller" when it definitely was not a thrill to read.
Reason #1 for DNFing: THE WRITING. I am a firm believer that in order for a novel to hold a reader's attention, the writing has to have that "spark." In other words, the prose shouldn't be as robotic and watered-down as it is in this book. And the third-person POV didn't help matters in the least, because it kept me disconnected from the characters and, frankly, bored me. I should have counted the amount of times I yawned while reading.
Reason #2: THE CHARACTERS. You know those cardboard-insert-pop-star-pretty-boy-cutouts at least one of your friends has in their room? Yeah, that's how I imagine the characters in this book. Not that they're pretty-boy status or anything, but they are as two-dimensional as a piece of cardboard. True, if I continued reading, they probably would have been more developed, but rattling off each character's qualities does not give the character depth.
Reason #3: THE NEEDLESS DETAILS. Hence the IDGAF in the title. I really don't want a massive paragraph detailing/listing Alexis's food, because I really don't give an eff.
#4: THE MYSTERY WAS ANYTHING BUT. Yeah, when a dead body is made up with green eyeshadow, the mystery is sort of hard to take seriously. Just sayin'.
Not that this book was excruciatingly long, but I simply could not read more than ten pages at a time. I had to force myself to continue reading, and once I hit about page 70, I'd had enough.
Skip this one. I've heard Henry's other novels are much better, so I might consider giving those a try.