Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Book Review: Amy Inspired
I think my favorite books are books about aspiring authors. Probably because I usually put myself in that category. The first six words of the description of this book were "Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer..." I was sold.
Amy Inspired is not exactly gripping. As far as stories about aspiring writers, it's kind of a downer. Amy is unpublished and uninspired, so most of the book is about her frustration as a writer. Definitely something I can relate to, and not really something I want to dwell on while reading for pleasure. Not only is she a frustrated writer, Amy is frustrated with life in general. She feels it's moving on without her. Again, something I can relate to, but don't really want to be reminded of while escaping in the pages of a novel.
However, Bethany Pierce does a fantastic job with her characters. Amy, Zoe, and Eli are all so believable you might forget they aren't real. It's probably why I didn't love the book; I felt so sorry for them in their troubles that I felt uncomfortable reading about it. Also, this book is published by a Christian publishing house, so I expected much more of the Christianity of the characters. It was peripheral at best. Barely mentioned here and there. I suppose this is neither good nor bad, just not what I expected.
I have friends on Facebook ask occasionally for recommendations for something good to read. I would not suggest this book. However, if someone were to come over and ask to borrow a book, I might hand them this one. I feel about this book the way I feel about a lukewarm glass of water: not my favorite, but it'll do if I'm really thirsty. I would, however, like to read more by Bethany Pierce. I really enjoy her writing style.
Bethany House provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger review program. If you would like to participate in this program, please visit www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers