I finished reading Falling Star by Diana Dempsey around 6:30 this morning. Nothing really spectacular about that fact until you hear that I stayed started reading it at 9 p.m. the previous night.
I don’t do that very often. And it surprised me that I did so with this book. This was not an epic tale in any sense of the term, yet after I started reading it I couldn’t stop. And I still can’t figure out why.
After having read several books from my local library I decided to start going through my back log of books stored on my Kindle.
Falling Star was a random Freebie I picked up months and months ago from Amazon – so long ago that I forgot why I had decided to download the book in the first place. Not even the blurb on GoodReads sparked the memory.
Natalie Daniels’ husband just dumped her. Her boss is scheming to replace her. And she’s falling in love with her sexy Australian TV news agent – who’s about to propose to somebody else.
What’s a woman to do? Dig deep and show what she’s made of – which just might land her both the job and the man of her dreams.
This didn’t stop me from reading the book. The story plodded along at a steady pace even though I did find myself occasionally looking down at the progress bar to see how much I had read. I liked all the characters the reader is meant to like. The characters that were meant to be hated? I hated. Actually the one character I despised the most I felt was the weakest written character in the book – then again perhaps the character was meant to be transparent to the reader.
Let’s just say that if air time was equivalent to page time then I could do without seeing this character on the page. If that was Dempsey’s goal she succeeded admirably.
I kept reading the book. I kept reading even when I could see plot devices and motivations. It boggles my mind honestly that I can not for the life of me fathom why I stayed up all night reading Falling Star. I can’t point at the plot and say this is why, nor can I point at the characters. I did like the book enough to give it 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. Perhaps I am not used to reading main stream ‘chic lit’ enough to point out why. I would truly enjoy hearing opinions regarding this one.
Note: Falling Star marks the end of The GoodReads 2011 Reading Challenge I set for myself in March of this year.