Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review: The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Title: The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
Page Count: 513 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

Review: I couldn't finish this book. It sounded interesting, even if I'm not really into mysteries so much, but I was so bored by about page 150 that I just decided to put it down. The characters weren't believable at all - Caspian starts calling Abbey 'beautiful' within the first few times they hang out and he was totally creepy. He didn't even know her and he said he wanted to comfort her. I just didn't understand his appeal.

Abbey was really boring. The majority of the part that I did read consisted of her not being able to sleep, being convinced that her best friend isn't dead, and staying up all night to make perfume. Also, she did homework. I feel like some of the descriptions were so unnecessary - just skip a few days if nothing happens! You don't need to describe every single day in her life! I understand her friend died and she's upset, but c'mon. Apparently she had no friends besides the one who disappeared and now, she has absolutely no one to talk to. I find that really hard to believe. Also, she starts freaking out about Caspian taking an interest in her, but she doesn't even know him! I understand he's attractive but the guy honestly had no personality.

I'm not going to rant about it forever. I just didn't see the appeal of this book at all. Even the way it was formatted - double-spaced - didn't attract me at all. I'm curious as to what does happen, but not curious enough to read the whole 500 pages when I'm falling asleep with boredom at the 150 mark.

Overall: 1/5 stars

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