Very poetic, but in the end, not too remarkable

3stars

If…: Second Chance – by Jackie Mae – Review

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I must say that I have a weak spot for books with poetic and flowery language. Maybe that is why I mostly prefer reading old books because modern authors seems to have lost the sense of poetry.

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I must say that I have a weak spot for books with poetic and flowery language. Maybe that is why I mostly prefer reading old books because modern authors seems to have lost the sense of poetry. This author is however, an exception. Here is an example of the poetic and ornamental language from the book that melts your heart (unless your heart is totally dry and devoid of any feelings):

“But one day, one moment in time, she couldn’t find her way out of the shadows. The shadows had slowly, insidiously crept its way into those empty spaces of her soul. Threatening to take her over, she had cast the shadows to the four winds. She had been safe until one day the greyness filled too many spaces.”

I could especially connect really well with this sentiment of hers; given a ‘second chance’ (pun intended) at restructuring my life from the beginning, I would probably invest more in my own business (I have one by the way) than in my college education. Let us face it, as sour as it sounds, university graduates are not always the most successful ones when it comes to making money, innovating and disciplined entrepreneurs are; to be fair, a lot of colleges don’t teach you the core skills required for entrepreneurship:

“She had considered the local community college but she didn’t know how she would pay for it. She thought her best hope was to open up her own business.”

If one wants knowledge, one can always read privately at home! Take Jane Austen for instance – she was mostly educated at home; three centuries later, I believe her books still give those college-educated ‘modern’ authors a run for money.

I love the fact that the main character was sort of a day dreamer like me with a vivid imagination. I also felt happy for her when she won the lottery; I was never that lucky! At the same time, she seems to have the luxury of having too many options to choose from in life. I also liked the fact that the character was someone with a strong sense of personal integrity. Lastly, I also liked the air of positivity pervading the entire book; anyone who is down and out and considering suicide could find some motivation and zeal for life by reading this book (ironically, the main character had once considered suicide too).

What I did not like:

The length of the story; obviously, if it were longer, many things would have made more sense. The short length of the story seems to be its main weakness as it cripples the real potential of the book. Often, it seems to me, as a reader, that the main character, although quite strong and knows what she wants to be, jumps from one thing to the next without any definitive sense of purpose in life. Again this may be down to the length of the story as the author had to condense a lot of information into an 80-page book.

Secondly, the dialogs are mostly mundane, formal and artificial. There is little that stands out in the style. Consider this for instance:

“I have enjoyed speaking with you today. No matter what lawyer and financial advisor you choose to go with, please weigh all the factors.”

Or take this for instance:

“Oh honey you are too upset right now but soon you will see that you have positively impacted many lives. You help anyone or any animal that comes across your path.”

In conclusion, I would say that while the author has a way with words (a very rare gift indeed that I wish I had), I believe she should put more research and effort in plot and dialog development. The characters are just fine, but without solid dialogs to support them, they mostly seem like cardboard characters.

Conclusion Rating
3 stars

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