Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Noah Confessions

This is the perfect example of a book that has a great buildup of mystery, intrigue, and suspense and then slowly lets the reader down with a boring climax and ending. I really didn't enjoy this book, though the premise and thought process of the author seemed great. It was a bit disappointing, I must say.

Barbara Hall is the author of The Noah Confessions and as I said previously, had a great idea for a story in her head. Lynne grew up in fancy Los Angeles, attending a prestigious private school and living with just her father after her mother dies. Lynne feels she is pretty well adjusted and happy with her school, her friends, and her home life...that is until her 16th birthday. Everyone at her school gets a car for their 16th birthday. Everyone. Everyone, except Lynne. Her father had been warning her that she wouldn't be getting a car, but Lynne simply thought that was his way of attempting to surprise her with the gift, she didn't think he actually wouldn't get a car for her. Instead, she receives a dingy, old-looking bird charm bracelet that she just doesn't understand the meaning behind.

When Lynne begins acting out on her father, trying to make him believe her when she says how important receiving a car for her birthday was, he hands her a worn manuscript that her mother wrote when she was a teenager instead, saying that he was supposed to give it to her when she was "losing perspective." Lynne reluctantly takes it and when she begins reading she is amazed at the secrets her mother held all of her life. She is angry at her father for never telling her and angry at her mother for always pretending everything was just fine with her life, when really, it was in pieces.

The book has a very strong appeal at the beginning, drawing the reader in and making them want to quickly read more in order to find out what secrets the manuscript holds, however there is a quick let down once the actual confession is revealed. It left me saying: "that's it?!" It just got more boring for me from there and I did not see how the manuscript brought Lynne closer to her father or her mother after reading it. I was more than a little disappointed in this book, though if you have read it, I would love to hear other opinions.

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