Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review of Scribbler of Dreams

Kaitlin Malone has been raised to hate the Crutchfields, relatives the Malones have feuded with for as long as Kaitlin can remember. This legacy of hatred has never been questioned—until Kaitlin meets a boy and begins to fall in love with him before she discovers that he is a Crutchfield . . . and the son of the man her father has gone to prison for killing.

To give the relationship a chance, Kaitlin lies about her identity. But what was supposed to be one temporary untruth leads to yet another, and soon she finds herself tangled in a complicated web of deceit. In the course of her deception, she discovers an even bigger lie: The Crutchfields are not the monsters her family has always portrayed them to be. When Maggie Crutchfield, the matriarch who started the feud, reaches out from the past to right a wrong, she offers Kaitlin a legacy worth holding on to-if she can.
[from Goodreads]
   
Rating:  1.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Readers with a serious grudge
High point: When Kaitlin finally stands up to her family
Low point: The hatred and the lying
Reader maturity: 13+

I love a good feuding families forbidden romance (Lorna Doone, anyone?) and I enjoyed The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, but Scribbler of Dreams was filled with so much hatred that it ruined my reading experience. Even if the book description failed, the first few lines should have tipped me off:
"'I hate the Crutchfields!'
I had always hated the Crutchfields.
I was born to hate the Crutchfields."
And so it continued, for 223 pages. While the saving grace of novels such as these is supposed to be that the main characters discover they were wrong and set about making things right, Scribbler of Dreams failed to convince me of the sincerity required to make that change believable. Kaitlin, shallow and immature, defied my sympathy, as did her family. I don't understand hating someone just because someone else tells you to or automatically believing something suspicious just because you love the person who tells you it's true. Along with page after page of misdirected anger, Kaitlin also takes to lying--a lot. Mistaken identity is frequently a plot point in literature, but Kaitlin took the lies to a whole new level by risking the reputations of the few people she called friends.

Obviously, this wasn't the right kind of book for me, but it received about 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads so I've included the link if you'd like to check out some other opinions:  Goodreads--Scribbler of Dreams

Title:  Scribbler of Dreams
Author:  Mary E. Pearson
Genre:   Fiction - Contemporary
Year:   2001
Book Source:  Purchased

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