Task 1: An Author under 25: White Teeth

I’ve picked up White Teeth by Zadie Smith a couple times, but couldn’t get through the first few pages. I was willing, but something never clicked. I resolved to finish for the challenge. I’m not sorry I did, but I’m also not really thrilled with the result. I also didn’t hate it. A sterling recommendation I’m sure. There were parts of the story that drew me in like Smith going into each character’s past to try to explain why they were the way they were. Then there was Marcus’ science descriptions that to be honest, I had to start skimming. I just couldn’t do it. I am not the kind of person who feels like I need to be best friends with the protagonists or anyone else in the story, but I do want to be interested in their journey. And sometimes, I just wasn’t. I have On Beauty sitting on my shelf and I’m willing to try again. I can see what all the fuss is about. Maybe this story just wasn’t the one for me. I wish I could get more descriptive on this one, I really do.

Do you have any books that you feel lukewarm about? That you couldn’t describe why you couldn’t like it nor dislike it?

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