Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review: Drop

Sanjay needs the money so he can get out of the tiny, barely-getting-by family store. He wants to make it big.

Kat just needs the money to run. Her mother's getting out on parole soon and that's going to force Kat to face her mistakes.

Jerrica doesn't care about the money, she just wants to learn more about her psychic, or psychotic, ability to predict cards.

All of them need to beat the house... but can anyone be lucky forever?

Entertainment: ★★★★

Drop is really short - 169 pages in the hardback - but it packs a pretty big punch for such a little package. And that cover - can you say gorgeous?

Plot: ★★★

No big surprises or twists in Drop, and Jerrica's weird premonition things confused me a lot. But I liked the ending; it's not that sticky candy-sweet scene you'd expect, but still somehow hopeful.

Characters: ★★★★

Some were better than others, but I'd say they average out to be pretty good overall. Sanjay, in my opinion, was a little flat and obnoxious. But Kat and Jerrica made up for him easily.

Writing: ★★★★★

Let me just say, Papademetriou has this wonderful ability to throw in a beautiful but totally unexpected metaphor at just the right time. She also handles flashbacks/memories with much more tact and grace than many writers. She's quite talented, if you ask me.

End Result: four stars.  A good book, definitely worth your time.

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