Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Dangerous AgeA Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book just wasn't very good. It's about 250 pages long, and I was able to read about 150 of them on a flight from Oakland, CA to San Diego. It wasn't bad, either, it just wasn't very good.

In a nutshell, it's about four cousins. It starts off with one cousin, who's supposed to get married that winter, but her fiance dies in 9/11. Then the second cousin and she move to Washington, where the second cousin sleeps with one of the cousins of the man who died and immediately gets knocked up. Then the third cousin sleeps with her former boyfriend/lover/husband ( this point, it doesn't really matter), and she, of course immediately gets knocked up. Then the second cousin marries her baby-daddy. Next, his twin brother, who was injured in Iraq is released from the hospital and marries the first cousin. Meanwhile, the fourth cousin is a tennis coach. Whatever. Then the third cousin's husband dies in Iraq. And eventually, the two babies are born.

The book mostly focuses on the third cousin, who is a newspaper editor. The chapters are short and choppy, and because the focus shifts from all of the cousins to the third cousin, the book is unbalanced. Also, this newspaper editor third cousin is a little too fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, in my opinion, to actually be a newspaper editor.

By the time I got to the end of the book, not much had happened, and it just wasn't that good.

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