Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: "All We Know Of Heaven"

All We Know of HeavenAll We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sometimes I really like Mitchard's books. I loved "Still Summer" and "Cage Of Stars." But sometimes she draws you in, which she is really good at, only to drop the ball at the end. (See "Breakdown Lane" with its happy-sappy ending.)

"All We Know Of Heaven" is about two teenage girls who are in a terrible car accident together. They look very similar anyway, but given all the injuries, identification becomes dicey. One dies and the other is in a coma, and everyone has them crossed, thinking each is the other. (Yes, such a situation actually happened a few years ago.) Finally, Maureen wakes up, and along with dental records that don't jibe, the error is discovered. One family, who thought they had already buried their daughter, suddenly finds out she is alive, while another family finds out their daughter is dead. All of this is really absorbing and well told, as is the lengthy section of the book dealing with Maureen's recovery.

What really annoys me is that, after investing in the story and liking it through 80% of the book, the last section devolves into a teenage beach blanket bingo soap opera, but without the beach. Mitchard, do you mean to tell me that this brave girl cheated death, survived the loss of her best friend, fought hard and long to regain her faculties, and handled the resentment of her friend's family gracefully, all so that she could agonize over which boy to date? So NOT recommended.

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Sioux said...

Thanks for the warning. I'm with you. I liked her book of essays, and there was one novel of hers that I read and also liked. I guess I will NOT be checking this one out.

Cloudia said...

convoluted dating story, eh?

Blogoratti said...

An honest review, thanks for sharing.

hedgewitch said...

Another great review--very disappointing when an author does that, ruins their story with a goopy ending. The ending is really the most important part of any book, or any poem for that matter.If you screw that up,the reader leaves feeling cheated.

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Marion Lawless said...

I haven't liked this author's books since her first two, so I gave up on her. Too many fabulous books out there just waiting to be discovered. xo