Saturday, May 29, 2010
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
First the good . . . The last fifty pages or so were quite gripping. Gemma's story was horrifying and tragic. I was completely engrossed.
Then the bad . . . The first one hundred and fifty-ish pages were boring. I didn't like the style of writing. It seemed very amateurish and way too detailed. Details can be lovely but not when the author describes the main character bending over to get a magazine. That's not important.
The book got rave reviews for the most part. I'm afraid I can't contribute to those. While I feel the story of the Holocaust is important to tell, I don't think this book was good enough to really do that. It is listed as a novel for young adults and yet the subject matter was quite adult and there are scenes of homosexuality that may not be appropriate for younger readers.