Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Review: The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

The Bride's Farewell
Pell is set to be married and she couldn't want anything less. So with a vague plan in mind, she takes off with her favorite horse, and her little brother, who doesn't speak and who won't be left behind.

Her plan is to go to the horse fair, where she hopes to get a job. She has a gift with horses and a sharp eye for spotting healthy horses and their disposition. But life on the road isn't as easy as she first imagined and she faces several setbacks in her quest for self-sufficiency.

This book is kind of hard to review. First of all, it's very slim, at only 214 pages. Secondly, it has that sort of not real feel to The Good Thief. It takes place in the past, but the time seems of little consequence to the actual story. The writing is lovely and perceptive and probably what kept me reading, because while I wished for Pell to succeed, there wasn't a whole lot for me to hang onto in this story. There was a great deal of sorrow, suffering, and disappointment and while there were a few small surprises, the overall plot was, I don't know, just not that exciting. I think if I had been able to read it uninterrupted, I may have enjoyed it more, but I had to read it in little bits and snatches and I wasn't ever really thinking about it when I wasn't reading it.

But it wasn't a bad read, like I said, the writing was really nice. I also think the cover is pretty fantastic. (which has nothing to do with anything really, except that I like the cover) I've heard really good things about this author's other books and I think I'll check them out.

Rating: 3.75/5
Source of Book: Review copy received from Viking Penguin



Ana S. said...

I love Meg Rosoff and I'm really looking forward to this. Sorry it didn't completely work for you! It sounds sad, but I think she does sad well. And like you said, her writing is just so lovely and perceptive.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I guess you can't have a 5 star every time. There are a whole lot of books out there that are entertaining, but leave you just a tad bit blah. I do like that cover though!

Mandy said...

Yeah, I kind of struggled with this one. I absolutely loved How I Live Now. You're right about not being able to grasp onto anything while reading.

bermudaonion said...

The story sounds kind of confusing. I don't think I'll seek this one out. Thanks for the review.

Lenore Appelhans said...

HOW I LIVE NOW wasn't really my style so I'm not itching to read any more of her stuff.

Jeanne said...

My daughter and I both loved How I Live Now (she rereads it a lot), so I keep hoping Rosoff will write another one that good. It doesn't sound like this is necessarily it, but maybe we'll check it out anyway.

S. Krishna said...

This book sounds interesting, but I think I'll pass. Thanks for the review!

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