Friday, July 13, 2012
Beginner's Luck, by Laura Pedersen
Pederson has a knack for creating interesting and memorable characters (the primate who mixes his own drinks is particularly bizarre). They never stop surprising you. The story, however suffers from literary ADHD. Things happen and then new things happen, but often just completely out of the blue. And key plot lines, like Hallie's gambling or her desire to be emancipated from her parents just get dropped and forgotten about in favor of something shinier. The result is a series of funny and insightful vignettes. In their accumulation, these are probably supposed to relay a deeper meaning, but it just seems like rambling that Pederson arbitrarily decides at some point to end.