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Monday, August 3, 2015

Losing the Plot in LA | Sonia Farnsworth

Losing the Plot in LA is a short novel about Sylvie who celebrates New Years Eve the way any stereotypical Californian party girl would: taking drugs, binge drinking, gossiping, and cheating on her boyfriend. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I just couldn’t. I usually don’t comment on the grammar or syntax of a book, but I cannot judge this book without mentioning it. This book uses way too informal of language including way too many uses of ellipses, onomatopoeias, slang, textspeak, acronyms, cliches, and idioms. Here is a photo of a paragraph from the book as an example:

I felt like I was reading a really long, informal text from a gossipy friend who has no idea how to be a functioning adult in society. I also felt like I was cornered at a party and stuck in this really obnoxious conversation that I couldn’t leave. I’m sure that some people really love the casualness of this book, but I really couldn’t get over it enough to even begin to enjoy the book. [Any book that uses the expression, “blah, blah, blah” half a dozen times should not be considered literature]. 

The main character was very unlikeable—which usually doesn’t bother me—but this is the type of stereotypical California party girl that I have tried to avoid my whole life. She takes drugs, cheats on her boyfriend, gossips with friends, and acts very conceited.

The actual plot wasn't even that creative or innovative. It was just a series of unrelated events over the course of about a year in Sylvie's life. There was no character development. Eveything felt very staccato. The whole book was a series of sentences that did not flow together. 

The best part about this book was that it was only 184 pages, so it was quick to go through—kind of like pulling off a bandage. I am really surprised with how many 5/5 reviews there are for this book on Amazon and Goodreads. Maybe I am missing something with this? Or maybe those are reviews from the author's friends and family. If you like books like this and are still interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! I am curious to know if anyone else has a differing opinion of this book. 

 *   1/5 Stars

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, but it did not impact my review in any way.*

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