Review: Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Small DamagesSmall Damages by Beth Kephart
Read: May 8, 2013
Personal read.

Goodreads Book Blurb: It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her.

My Opinion: After last week’s Top Ten Tuesday I felt the need to read something light, so I reached for this book. It was short, it was set abroad, it featured a young woman who was pregnant. I had high hopes it would fill that “light” quota.

Instead, I found myself immensely disappointed. The prose was not my style. I am all for stories that are introspective and don’t really “go” anywhere, but this one had too much ramble in the prose to be truly beautiful to me. I found the switches between past and present to be jarring, and I disconnected from the story every time it happened.

For an introspective book, I didn’t feel connected to Kenzie at all, and that was a huge problem.

As I said, this is pretty much a “go-nowhere” novel, so there isn’t much to talk about. I didn’t connect to the writing, and I didn’t connect to the characters. So for me, this was a big miss.

Bottom Line: A rambling novel that didn’t take me places.


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