I bought a Nicholas Sparks book because I liked the cover, title, and premise. Yep, I am generally a sucker for the chick escapes crazy abusive man starts over in bucolic small town (always as a waitress) meets hero With A Problem etc. I had a vague idea that Sparks was a bigshot writer dude, but didn’t realize he had written that horrible Nights in Rodanthe, the movie version of which I could not watch even though it starred Diane Lane and Richard Gere. That’s really saying something. The Notebook was okay (talking about the movie ~ didn’t read either novel).
This Safe Haven book ~ MY GOD COULD IT START ANY SLOWER!? Do we give Sparks a pass because he’s had major success? Were his other novels total yawners for the first 100 pages? These people are doing the most mundane things and having the most trivial conversations ~ building character, I realize, but gak. We get the eensiest hints of a Terrifying Past for our heroine until finally it all comes spilling out in backstory. And then we get Kevin the psycho’s POV (fun!). But Katie’s past is so much more interesting than her present, and her abuser (gotta say it) more interesting than the hero, who is Mr. Bland. Kevin is a CHARACTER. Alex is a Golden Retriever. At least so far ~ I’m now on page 212.
But that’s not what I came here to rant about today (I’ll continue this reviewish thingie when I finish the book). I wanna talk about grammar. What do y’all think of this:
[…] and while the four of them were off pointing at the fish, she’d laughed at something he’d said and he’d felt a spark of attraction, reminding him of what he had once had. [p21]
Is that awful, or is it just me? I never write past-past that way, with all those had-hads. Yucky.
K, that’s all. I’m sure you’ll be waiting with bated breath for the rest of this.