Magnolia by Kristi Cook
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Park reason elsewhere, Magnolia is one of those feel good books where one really shouldn’t examine things too closely (if at all.) There’s an attempt to turn the typical on its head starting with the Romeo-Juliet allusion. There’s an intentional divergence from that, but in pointing out all those difference, things get a tad… simple. I mean is that the hook? That they’re not R-J?
Of course, there’s that refreshing thing in how all the characters here are aware of what they are and what they have going for them (he’s all around good guy and knows it; she the girl version and knows it, too…) But outside that refreshing presentation of who they are, there’s not much else going on.
And then things veered into NA-land s in unbelievable moments of perfection as on then the other rescues the other one or other. Hint: situations involve guns, snakes, and expert marksmanship. Other situations are of storms, broken glass and bloody encounters). You can only imagine the breeze my eye rolls were causing.
Yet something about the two leads had me reading on. Sure, there’s the cuteness factor here given in the inevitability of things. But mainly it’s the sheer contrary nature they both showed: that ‘don’t-want-but- really-do” vibe they’re putting out. It was an odd combo annoying but cute.
Thank you, Edelweiss!
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