January 21, 2018

The Book Club One with Velva Jean Learn to Drive

Okay. I know I said I was going to read Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven next. I read five chapters, tried to convince myself to make it to half way without quitting, then tried to make it to the tenth chapter, then tried to make it to the sixth, but I couldn't do it.  I just wasn't interested at all, so I'm deciding to move on now, because if I don't do it now, I won't read another book for the rest of the year. Nonetheless, here is my review.  It is a little bit more whine than cheese, but still let's boookcluuub!

Book #2.5
Velva Jean Learns to Drive
By: Jennifer Niven

Once again this author has amazed me with how she gets into her character's head so well.  I feel like it makes sense when you consider that she is creating the character herself, but she really gets the psychology behind these characters who are going through things that she hasn't encountered. For yet another example, this book is written from the perspective of a girl from the North Carolina mountains (extra points for books based in NC). I wouldn't find it to be so difficult to understand, except that the book takes place closer to 1900 than any person alive would be able to relate to. 
I didn't get hooked, but that just means this book isn't for me. This one is just a bit slower than what I prefer to read. I did skip to the end, and spoiler: She learns to drive! 
I probably won't attempt to read this entire book any time soon.  Maybe in a decade, I will be more patient with storylines and can revisit Velva Jean then. For now though, because I couldn't finish it and also cannot recommend it, I'm going to have to give it one star. 
★☆☆☆☆

I recently decided that I would like to reread a few favorites to review in this book club as well! And for that reason, 
my next book is 
Pride & Prejudice 
By: Jane Austen.

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