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The Snowball Effect (2010)

by Holly Nicole Hoxter(Favorite Author)
3.48 of 5 Votes: 1
0061755710 (ISBN13: 9780061755712)
Laura Geringer Book
review 1: After I was done reading and thought about what I had gained from reading this book, I couldn't pin-point anything. A few days on, still, nothing. Maybe it's about how we should treasure the time we have with our loved ones because we never know what will happen next. Though for that, I felt Lainey was a little too flippant. She seemed detached when referring to the suicide of her mother. Perhaps the author meant to portray her stage of denial. It bothered me though that from the start to finish, she barely showed any emotional response towards the deaths in her family. Yes, she did say she felt sad about her grandmother's passing but even that somehow didn't seem especially heartfelt. The book felt unnecessarily long-drawn. Also, for all the worry about who had custody ov... moreer her little adopted brother, Collin, I thought the custody of Lainey wasn't dealt with adequately despite being introduced as an issue. Her elder half-sister became Collin's guardian but not technically Lainey's. As the elder sister, I thought Vallery's role as the a guardian and adult in the household seemed forced to get the plot going, particularly because she and Lainey were estranged before their mother's death. Overall, the novel didn't particularly flow well for me.
review 2: DNF - I think I made it 11 pages before I got sick of the main character complaining about her mother (who had just committed suicide!) and making it clear that she thought her mother was an idiot for being sad that her husband had died. Maybe I would have agreed with her if I stuck with it longer, but I kind of doubt it. Plus, it just wasn't keeping me interested, and despite the fact that it's not really long, I didn't want to force myself to read the whole thing. less
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A not totally predictable exploration of the growth that can arise courtesy of grief.
it is a realy good book and deserves 5 stars because of its thrilling adventures.
Lainey is a great character from a fellow Tenner!
What a great voice you've created!
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