Review of Baggage by Katie Thompson
Unfortunately, I had a really hard time with this one. I wanted to put it down by the third chapter, and I found myself skimming just to get through it. If our blog had a Razzie award I would feel obligated to nominate this book. I thought it was going to be like the Nicholas Sparks “Safe Haven,” where the woman is trying to run away from an ex but he finds her and all hell breaks loose. I was excited; the plot had promise. As it turns out, Baggage, by Katie Thompson can be summed up into one word… disappointment. Now before you continue reading I want you to know that I am in the minority on my thoughts of this book. There were only a few reviews to be found, but most averaged a 4 star rating. So, before we get to the RR breakdown, I have summed up my major issues with the book:
1.) The worst part of this story is the writing. Talented writers do this wonderful thing where they “show” you what is going on through descriptions, actions, dialogue, etc. Thompson simply tells you everything. He was feeling this, she realized that, then this happened and she was fed up. Almost like you would tell a story to a friend “Oh man, she was pissed but she got over it pretty quickly” sort-of thing.
2.) The point of view changes are ridiculous. Small, random characters get a point of view one time in the story. I hate it when authors do this. BE CONSISTENT WITH YOU WHO ARE GIVING A POINT OF VIEW TO. Even the cat gets a point of view. Seriously? That is okay though, the cat was probably my favorite character.
3.) Nothing added up. The ages changed constantly. First Daniel’s daughter was 9 years younger than Jess, and then 5. Then Daniel is 5 years older than Jess. Jess is 31. So Daniel is 36, with a 26 or 22 year old daughter. Also, Daniel is described as being comfortable and getting by. He is in no way rich or well off, but can afford to fly to New York all the time to see his daughter. Just does not add up.
When Jess Cooper hears that her ex-boyfriend, the father of her child has been released from prison and is on his way to see them running off to the country seems like a good idea, however, perhaps things aren’t that simple. As hard as Jess tries she can’t stop her past from creeping into her future and anyway, maybe her future isn’t as great as it had originally seemed.
Author: Katie L. Thompson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2012
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