Apr 21, 2012

Book Review: More Like Her by Liza Palmer


"Hey, Frannie." Ryan. Ugh. Ryan. It's as if someone has thrown a bucket of cold water on my face and I'm frozen in the doorway, mascara trailing down my cheeks....

"Hey," I say, my eyes scanning the room. Jill. On the balcony.  (ch. 3)

Title: More Like Her by Liza Palmer
Harper Collins, paperback; April 17, 2012
Genre: contemporary fiction

Comments: I see that lots of readers on Goodreads gave this book four stars and some loved the writing. I felt the book was written in a jerky conversational style, which made me impatient with the book as I prefer much smoother prose. Overall, the plot was interesting, however, - involving a new high school headmistress whom the young teachers begin to idolize but whose personal life gives them a shock later in the book. There is also a love story with the main character, a shy self-effacing speech teacher Francis, moving on after her lover Ryan leaves her for another. I gave this a rating of 3 out of 5.

Book description: In Frances's mind, beautiful, successful, ecstatically married Emma Dunham is the height of female perfection. Frances, recently dumped by her boyfriend, aspires to be just like Emma. So do her close friends and fellow teachers, Lisa and Jill. Yet sometimes the golden dream you wish for turns out to be not what it seems--like Emma's enviable suburban postcard life. And in the shocking aftermath, three devastated friends have to come to terms with their own secrets . . . and somehow learn to move forward after their dream is exposed as a lie. (publisher)

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.

3 comments:

  1. meh...I'll pass. that type of writing requires a certain mind set for me. Thanks for the review :)

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  2. Imust be out of touch because yours is the first review of this one that I've read...sounds interesting but I like smooth writing too....choppy stuff tends to distract me and I'm ADD anyway!!! :D

    PS...Thanks for the book! It arrived today!

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  3. Umm, no thanks :) Thanks for reading this so I don't have to!

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