The Review

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast
Perhaps the most frustrating issue with this book was the lack of characterization.  Although the surface details were drawn with care, the characters themselves came out as flat. Flat, flat, flat, totally flat.  You could not imagine an emotion more than a silly grin on any of them.  Even the dog and cat seemed more archetypes of the species than real, live, breathing animals.  I rate this book one star for lack of characterization alone. Not recommended.

Wow, that was pretty harsh.  What was your book about?

It was children’s book that featured a family of gingerbread people…  Totally flat.

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77 thoughts on “The Review

        1. trentpmcd Post author

          lol, I think I said something like that once, but, in my defense, I did put it like this, “I don’t read YA often, and I remember why now – this was written for a teenager and, no matter how much I’d like to turn back time, I am not a teen…” The problem (in a good way) is that some YA is great reading for adults!

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  1. GHLearner

    Looks like that reviewer never visited Flatland. Lack of education is no excuse for a bad review. Hmph. (I thoroughly enjoyed your story).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      These days few do visit Flatland. A. Square wrote the wonderful travelogue about his home well over a century ago and many today find it quite misogynistic, so I guess we can excuse that awful reviewer a little for not knowing the classics… Thanks!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I reread it several years back and when I got to the description of the female Flatlanders, my jaw sort of dropped. Wow. Of course, I know some people who have similar opinions, but I tend to think of them as Flatlanders too, so… ;)

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  2. Bear

    Ahhh, the scathing review. Love how it played out though… Gotta roll with The dough..hehe! It’s looking more and more like we might move to Ohio with or without the this particular job….phone interview went well… Next step in person after Easter. Yeah!

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  3. willowdot21

    Well I think that’s rather harsh Trent , I am sure the author had done his best.
    Hi again Trent I have just read the book ….you are right there was absolutely no character in the book that was more than one dimensional.
    Love you take Trent very clever 😂🙂

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      lol, no, I wasn’t thinking of your Sir Chocolate books, though, if I remember correctly, you do have well rounded characters, or at least a little more 3-D than those gingerbread people ;) Thanks, glad you got a chuckle.

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          1. Mason Bushell

            Yeah, thats exactly it. I took it to be a picture then read the after bit and was like ‘what the heck! Something’s missing!’ and then went back to discover the letter in the format box and finally understood.

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  4. ahtdoucette

    I’ll admit, it could use some work, but the characters aren’t entirely two dimensional. The frosting alone adds at least some depth. LOL. This one took me a minute to get it, but once I got it, it was hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Iain Kelly

    Haha! Brilliant. I do read some of the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and do wonder about some people… Also, as I’m getting ready to submit my latest book to agents and publishers, this fills me with dread!

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