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Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

This is Not a Test - Courtney Summers Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/1249First, I want to say that I do understand why so many people have raved about this book. I really do. The writing is superb. It’s got the kind of literary vibe to it that you don’t often see in YA novels. Courtney Summers is very talented as a writer.But.I wasn’t blown away by it. I was left with more questions than answers. The whole thing was really depressing. There’s lots of death and zombies and blood. But there’s no redemption. At all.And quite frankly, I like my stories to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. This story only has a middle.The characters know more than we do about what’s going on. And that always makes it really hard for me to connect with a character.When I read, it’s as a form of escapism – true for a lot of people, I’m sure. But what also happens is that for a little while, when I read I become the character(s) I am reading about. That didn’t happen for me in this book because there’s too much the audience doesn’t know about the story. We’re thrown in halfway and ejected again before it’s over.A lot of people like books like this – I just happen to not be one of them.