Sunday, December 8, 2013

Great by Sara Benincasa

GreatGreat by Sara Benincasa

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I finally read the inspiration for this book. And yeah, I stand by my original assessment. GREAT is… not so great. I do appreciate the way the things have been made more accessible and young and ‘now.’ Hell, there are CUPCAKES. What’s more ‘now’ than cupcakes?

That aside, I thought it all too simple: the connections, easily seen and the twists, not that difficult to foretell (and this from one who had not read the original!)

It’s an OK story. The girl who sees all and how this connects to that and so o and so forth, initially living a life foreign to how she’s lived it so far. But it’s not juts about the cool kids and her looking in. No, not at all… because she’s part of it, and if a bit disdainful of things at first, things change with each thing cropping up.

So that the way she sees herself, as really being a part of things, and consequently, being able to see the bigger picture that others couldn’t… well, that initial distance that she’d put between herself and everything… events in this have that distance growing smaller and smaller. That the picture isn’t the big one anymore, but more detailed. The specifics are what make for the interesting, and yet there was still something lacking here. (Upon reading the original, perhaps this updated version just lacks heart… it mimics and makes parallels, but lacks that ineffable extra.)

Thank you, Edelweiss!

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