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The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 10th, 2010, 9:06 pm
by Robin
I just don't understand why or how this book was so widely praised. I absolutely HATED this read. It was a daunting task to finish this novel.
Have you read it? What did you think?

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 10th, 2010, 10:48 pm
by Holly
Robin wrote:I just don't understand why or how this book was so widely praised. I absolutely HATED this read. It was a daunting task to finish this novel.
Have you read it? What did you think?
I'm always happy to see another Time-Traveler's-Wife-hater. The title snagged me. The book itself was something else, but she did sell two and a half million copies and got a movie, so she did something right.

The double narrative was hard to follow. It was so hard that I didn't bother and chucked the book. The prose read like internet postings about hair and clothes and name brands and food. I kept asking myself, where's the story?

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 10th, 2010, 11:31 pm
by Robin
Thanks Holly! I am so glad I am not alone. So, should I add that I am a PR genius with proven experience on my query letter no matter how terrible my book is? (not that MY wip is terrible)

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 11th, 2010, 1:49 am
by Lorelei Armstrong
Didn't do anything for me because everybody was forced by circumstance to be passive. She was on the proverbial widow's walk staring out to sea waiting for him to reappear. It wasn't far into the read that I wanted to shout "I get it, I get it already! Make something happen!" Ugh.

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 11th, 2010, 6:29 am
by Jaime
I picked it up hoping for a romantic story, and put it down about 30 pages in. It did absolutely nothing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, though, so now I'm wondering - was the movie better than the book?

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 11th, 2010, 9:13 pm
by taylormillgirl
Wow, I loved it!

The only thing that made me wrinkle my nose was teen-aged Claire always trying to seduce middle-aged Henry. Other than that, I was hooked. Even cried at the end...not something that happens often when I read.

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 12th, 2010, 10:11 pm
by mojo25
I put this book down after reading about 2 chapters and never picked it up again.

Re: The Time Traveler's Wife was painful to read

Posted: April 13th, 2010, 1:16 am
by wildheart
I haven't read the book...but I watched the movie. So I know I will NEVER read the book. Too depressing. And I can't stand passive characters that don't do anything!