Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Raising by Laura Kasischke
Synopsis From Back Cover:
Last year Godwin Honors Hall was draped in black. The university was mourning the loss of one of its own: Nicole Werner, a blond, beautiful, straight-A sorority sister tragically killed in a car accident that left her boyfriend, who was driving, remarkably—some say suspiciously—unscathed.
Although a year has passed, as winter begins and the nights darken, obsession with Nicole and her death reignites: She was so pretty. So sweet-tempered. So innocent. Too young to die.
Unless she didn’t.
Because rumor has it that she’s back.
You know that feeling, when you are sitting at your computer and you have nothing. You have no idea how to even start the review or what you are going to say once you do start typing, this feeling sucks. I want to try and write a positive review, but I just can't do it. I can't really write a negative review either because I didn't dislike the book, so I'm kind of stuck in the middle. This review is going to be short and rather indifferent.
I totally understand why people would like this book. It has interesting characters that are going through a rather trying time in their lives. The death of Nicole has some rather lasting ramifications for her boyfriend, her boyfriend's roommate, and two different faculty members. It's an intricate plot that twists and weaves without getting too complicated. That's about all I can say about it.
My problem is that despite what could have been a story that kept me glued to the page, it left me feeling a little deflated instead. There was nothing really wrong with it for me, but it didn't leave me with a positive impression either. I can't even say that it was fun to read. Instead, I just have to say, it was forgettable the entire time I was reading it. I could blame it on my being in the wrong frame of mind, that may be the case. I don't think it was though. For what ever reason, I just could not connect with this one.
With all that being said, I really do think most people would like it. So I don't want to discourage anyone from reading this one if you were already planning on reading it. Try it out for yourself, I think most of you will end up liking it.
I would like to thank Trish from TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read/review this book. To read other (mostly positive) reviews of The Raising, please visit the tour page.