Saturday, June 13, 2015
The Opposite of Love, by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
For most of the duration of the story, this seemed to be a novel about learning to rise above the hand life dealt and to break free of parental bonds, to learn to accept responsibility for yourself, and to make your life your own. And while it does actually end up on that track, there's a sudden plot twist in the last forty pages which completely changes the way the story treads. It drastically increases the stakes and adds all sort of complexities, and it is never foreshadowed. As the book's message stays unchanged, I'll assert that the twist was unnecessary and distracting. I won't spoil the ending for others, but it seemed like a sledgehammer delivery for a story that was getting there just fine on its own. It also seemed like an easy out for a tale that called for subtlety, and replaced it with high stakes drama.