Learning the Ropes by Monique Polak

I wrote this review for the LibraryThing Early Review Program.

This book was a nice, quick read. It’s written in first person present, which is not my favorite style of writing, so that’s part of why I only gave it a B-. Also, it feels like the main character concentrates on differences more than on people and that makes it really hard to sympathize with her. She’s so busy pushing people into boxes, you almost long for a different perspective. The circus aspects are not well explained for the lay-person, either. However, the book contains a lot of good lessons about generosity and kindness and hurt in a fairly short period of time. It’s good, but it doesn’t quite make it to great.

B- (good lessons, quick read; unsatisfying character interactions, poorly explained terminology)


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