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I am quite a big reader, tending to stick to chick-lit and autobiographies. For Christmas, I received a large number of books, and so I have been doing a lot more reading than usual. Today, I will be reviewing one of my latest reads.
Very Valentine is a chick-lit (romantic comedy) book by American author Adriana Trigiani. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £4.24, although I managed to get my copy for just £2 from a publisher's own shop.
This book: Valentine's dream is to design the perfect pair of shoes. Her family-run business 'The Angelini Shoe Company' has been making shoes in New York since 1903. Along the way she faces obstacles and disappointment. Will she ever get the perfect shoe? Read Very Valentine to find out!
I like books which don't require much thinking. The ones you can race through and can't put down. I like light-reading, and so I was a bit disappointed with this book, as for me it took up to much concentration. I felt that I couldn't relax as there were too many words to take in, and if I switched off for a second I was lost.
One thing which I did not like about this book was that the sentences were too long! When I am reading, I like nice short sentences that are simple to read and take in. The sentences in this book were far too long, and there were too many 'complicated' words, that for me it made reading the book more stressful than enjoyable.
The plot was quite a good one, I just felt that it dragged on far too long. If the book had been written by some of my favourite authors such as Paige Toon, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk (using the exact same plot) then I probably would have enjoyed the book a lot more.
The characters were ok, although I felt that despite the huge amount of description, I didn't really get to know the characters very well, as the description was too focused on the shoes and surroundings, and so I felt too 'sucked in' by the whole descriptions to be able to focus on the plot and characters.
Also, I found the chapters to be too long! For example, one chapter is twenty eight pages long, which doesn't sound so bad, but the writing is tiny and full of long sentences that it is really hard to keep up with what is going on in the book. I prefer short chapters, because then I can say 'Right, I'll just read this chapter' and then I'll go to bed', and then finish reading at the end of an event. But when the chapters are so long, like in this book, I have to stop reading,in the middle, and then it's not the same, starting the next reading session in the middle of an event.
Usually I enjoy descriptive writing, but in this book it was too much! At times, I felt overpowered by so much descriptive writing, that I kept getting lost as to what was happening in the actual story. At times, it seemed like the author had got so carried away with the descriptive writing, that she forgot there was supposed to be a plot.
Unless you love 'proper' books which focuses more on the wording than on the plot, then I would recommend this to you. Although, if like me, you like short chapters and fast moving plots, then I would not recommend this book to you!
Thanks for reading!
29th January 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
I was excited to buy and read this book having seein it advertised in many public places and once I had bought it I couldnt wait to get my teeth into it, however I was fairly disappointed. The plot was a very average 'New York girl looking for love' and the events that ensue as a result of this. It was like anything I've ever read before in this sense, although I did like the 'shoe shop' story line which was about the only thing that kept my interest. The writer is good, however far too descriptive for me; I had to keep stopping to look up words she had used or reread sentences because they were far too long and drawn out. It also took a good half of the book for the story to really get going! Basically Valentine is a member of a large Italian family living in New York working as a wedding shoe designer and maker in her Grandma's reknown but declining business which has been going for decades. The shop gets selected for a competition of which the prize is displaying the winning shoe in a large department window in NYC. This involves a trip to Italy where Valentine meets gorgeous italian men, thus threatening her somewhat mundane relationship back in New York. To cut a long story short, they win the competition, thus saving the shoe shop from going bust, and Valentine discovers the man she wants to be with. Happily ever after as the saying goes? I disagree but you'll have to read through the dilemas, twists, surprises and process of Valentine's thoughts for yourself to find out. Overall after such a widely advertised book I was very disappointed and would not really recommend it to anyone.