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Where do I even start with this book..?
This was not the case.
I was so disappointed by this book. It had so much of potential, but it just couldn’t quite get there.
When I finished the book, I was left wondering what the whole point of it was. Why was Heather so important? Why were her parents so concerned when she became a bratty teenager? Why did I need to read this story? I didn’t get any of those answers. I think that’s my biggest disappointment. I don’t like reading books where I feel like there was no point. I also don’t like reading books where if you created a list of the setting in the beginning and then created a list of the circumstances at the end, not much (if anything) would be different.
The lives of the Breakstone’s were the same at the beginning as it was at the end. Heather was still a brat. Her parents still hated each other. They still lived in the same place. It was essentially the same.
Weiner’s writing, while superb at times, had a tendency to run-on and I found myself re-reading sentences to figure out what had just happened. Some sentences were paragraphs long and, even with how short this book was, it felt like it was dragging.
In addition, the darker story line of Bobby included serves no other purpose except to normalize the Breakstones reactions to each other. Without it, this story is about a middle-aged father who murders a man for looking at his daughter strangely. I would have loved to have learn more about Bobby and seen some actual character development.
Heather, the Totality utterly let me down. It had a lot of promise and failed, but I saw where the story could have gone which is what saved it from a one-star rating.
Overall, this book got two out of five stars from me. I really don’t recommend it. It’s saving grace was how short it was, but I also think it was its downfall.