Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: In the Unlikely Event

TITLE: In the Unlikely Event
AUTHOR: Judy Blume
PUBLISHED: June 2nd, 2015
PAGES: 397
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PREMISE: A various group of characters in a small town deal with the aftermath of three plane crashes in the course of a summer in 1952
MY REVIEW: Full disclaimer, like many I read Judy Blume as a kid. I didn't get a huge connection like everyone else apparently did, but I did enjoy them. As an adult, I adore Judy Blume the person who constantly speaks out about censorship and book banning and the like. Seriously, Blume is awesome, look up her stuff.
Personally, I enjoyed this one too. Is it the best book ever written? Probably not. It is also very slow and more of a character study story then a plot driven story. So if you're not into character studies, likely this will be boring to you. Me, I can take them or leave them. It depends on how it's executed. This one was mostly executed well. I did feel like there were a tad too many characters at times and they were all fighting for attention and that stalled the story quite a bit. Which is probably why the book feels slow. But once you get to the end, it all comes together. Mostly. For me, the historical bits are what really make this book. In the audiobook version especially, you really feel like you're in this small town in the 1950s. It's described wonderfully and very vividly and you can tell Blume researched the hell out of this time period.
So it's not ground breaking. But it is a very good character study and really well done historical fiction novel.
WHO SHOULD READ: Patient readers, historical fiction fans, Judy Blume fans, those who like character study type books
MY RATING: Four out of Five airplanes

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