Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tell Me, by Joan Bauer
And if you're confused by all this, you aren't alone! Joan Bauer, who excels at creating driven single-minded characters with quirky tastes, has created one of her most unfocused books. There are any number of plotlines here and most of them unravel before the book is done (most notably, the potential mean girl and nefarious entrepreneur subplots which fizzle away, but even the human trafficking story never really crystallizes). The end result is a story which never materializes, in striking contrast to Bauer's other novels.