Monday, July 15, 2013

The Casual Vacancy

I am pretty big J.K. Rowling fan, and I have read all of the Harry Potter books twice. So I knew that I needed to read The Casual Vacancy. Now like I said in my last book review post. I have been super busy and was not getting as much reading done as I would have liked. I am now happily an avid reader again and speeding right through them!!

I started The Casual Vacancy while finishing up wedding planning before all my friends and family arrived into town. I obviously had to put it on hold while all of the wedding craziness was happening. But I was able to finish it up when Justin and I were lounging ocean side in Maui.

Amazon's Description: When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

The novel jumps around from different character's perspectives, whose lives are all closely intertwined. I really like this because I feel like you get to know all of the characters better and develop a relationship with each of them instead of just a main protagonist. The book is pretty serious. Nothing too fun or "magical" is involved, but it keeps you turning the page. And thinking about the characters even when you're not reading the book. Th ending was not exactly what I was wishing for but it fit well and didn't leave me feeling disappointed.

Have you read this book?
What did you think?
Did you like the ending?
Do you have any book recommendations for me?

P.S. My lovely husband (!) just called to tell me that he heard that J.K. Rowling just revealed herself as the author of the book The Cuckoo's Calling, which has been on sale for 2 months already. The book was originally published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and is a crime novel that will begin a new series! I cant wait to get my hands on that one!

Have any of you read it? What do you think?!

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