Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Last Kid Left by Rosecrans Baldwin

Date Started:  June 2, 2017
Date Completed: June 7, 2017
Rating: DNF

Disclaimer:  I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After five days of trying, I could not get into this book.  My rule is usually to give a book 100 pages before giving it a DNF, but I just could not get there with this book.  I was not very enamored by the writing style and language.  The shifting perspectives were erratic and confusing, and often hard to keep up with.  I found all of the characters to be hard to related to and illogical.  After the police officer finds Nick with his car smashed into the cowgirl statue with two bodies in the back, he doesn't think he's guilty?  Where does that come from??

To be fair, I did not get very far into it.  I made it until Nick is telling the story of why he limps.  He explains two his two new friends about the snowmobile accident that happened when he was 16 and how it kept him basically immobile for almost a year.  When asked about if he had gone to school, he tells the girls that he had a tutor and got his GRE.  Now, for anyone like me who has studied for the GRE, you would know that this is a standardized test to get into graduate school.  This is very different than a GED, which I believe is what the author was referring to.  Things like this, and this wasn't the first case, keep me from being able to emerge myself into the story, so for that reason I give this a DNF.

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