Asif Mustafayev Mustafayev itibaren Nazarköy, 35730 Nazarköy/Kemalpaşa/İzmir, Turkey
I thought this book was dreadful. I was attracted to it by such high ratings and the fact that it is set in the city where I live and in a thinly disguised version of a small town where I once lived. This proved irrelevant because there is no sense of place or atmosphere in the writing or descriptions. The story is a soap opera, filled with angst and melodrama. The writing is very simple, with quite a few grammatical problems. The author repeatedly writes "Me and Zena (or another character) did such and such" Like fingernails on a chalkboard! The characters are good and evil stereotypes, much too good or much too evil to believe. The main characters' "quirkiness" is annoying and far-fetched. The dialog is unnatural and forced. The story is completely predictable. Every "good" character is rewarded, every "bad" character is shamed and humiliated. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Terrible, terrible book.