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On the Proper Use of Stars (2008)
Author: Dominique Fortier
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 288 (hardcover)
Series: Stand Alone

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Why I Read It: I received a free un-solicited copy from Random House Canada. I had no idea what it was about, but I thought "Ehh, why not?"

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Final Verdict: This story just had too many different POVs (sometimes multiple POVs for the same characters), the characters lacked distinctive voices and thus, personality for me to really care about what was happening in the story. In the first 100-150 pages of the story very little actually happens and I might have cared if I cared more for the characters, but I felt distanced from them because of the writing. There was also a weird segment that was written like a play and it honestly felt shoe-horned into the novel. I do want to point out that this novel IS a translation, so maybe I'm missing out on something that was offered in its original language.

Cover commentary: It's kind of plain looking, but there's nothing BAD about it.

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