I read this under protest because I really wasn’t interested AND I thought we were trying to only read cheap (ie NOT hardback) books in bookclub. I didn’t want to purchase the eBook* but I had to since the BOOK book was pricier.
Realizing I was being unreasonable, I started to read. Two weeks later, I was mired in characters with few redeeming values – JUST AS I WAS EXPECTING. I didn’t want to read about politics and pettiness! Realizing some more that perhaps I was being prejudiced, I let myself go with the flow and get into the story.
Three-fourths in and I was impressed with Rowling’s characterization. I was also feeling a smugness, an impression that the author was possibly quite proud of a few brilliant phrases. Whatever it is – my prejudice? Or JKR being too clever (again, is that me or her?), this book did not transport me fully into the story.
Until the last climatic scenes.
Even as I noticed that the pace picks up considerably, I was sucker-punched with emotions that had me trying NOT to cry and then sniffing and tearing-up and gulping. I was crying pretty good as quietly as I could because I was in the car and missing all the fun and familiar scenes of driving into downtown Kansas City. I had to stop 4 pages til the end and save them due to not wanting to be sitting in the car while the hotel valet waited for me to get out!
Which made those last pages a bit anticlimactic – - “uh, is that it?” Which I have to say was a good place and o.k. way to stop the story.
I give it 4 stars over 3 for making me cry.
I could bet that it was also because I was about to start this subbing job and knowing I
would have get to work with teenagers. I was particularly struck by the thought about Barry being so good with people/teens; that the school counselor expressed the idea that these kinds should be required to work in high schools.
* I was also able to not take any print books with me on the Thanksgiving holiday (which I will chat about more later.)