There seem to be two kinds of readers - those who finish every book they start no matter how much they aren't enjoying it and those who give up on a book when they just aren't into it.
Me - I'm in the second camp. I have so many books to read and ten times that amount to reread that when I run into a book that isn't working, I'll leave it. And believe me, I don't like doing that. I pay money for books and I don't return any unless I've somehow managed to loose sight of the fact that I already have a copy and rather then return a book even then I will 'exchange' it for another one. But since chances are I was going to get the 'exchange' book anyway......
Sadly Fools Rush In is my latest DNF. I Feel a lot better at the fact that I've read and really enjoyed two other books by this author - if I had tried this one first I never would have read anything else and would have missed some enjoyable books.
But this one, once again suffers because of the heroine. The outline sounds interesting:
Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable puppy suitable for walks past attractive locals? Check! All she needs is for golden boy and former crush Joe Carpenter to notice her, and Millie will be set.
But perfection isn''t as easy as it looks--especially when Sam Nickerson, a local policeman, is so distracting. Sure, he needs a friend after being dumped by Millie''s fortune-hunting sister, but does she really need to enjoy his company that much? He is definitely not part of her master plan. But maybe it''s time for Millie to start a new list…
And I really enjoyed Just One of the Guys and To Good to be True in part because of the heroines. But Millie is just a horse of a different colour for this reader.
First off she is obsessed with some guy from her school days. Never mind the fact that she doesn't really know him - just that he's gorgeous and does nice things for people. But she's never had a real conversation with him.
But Millie is now in her 30's and she is a doctor!! And she is stalking this guy. Honestly! At one point - before I gave up on this book, she is hiding in the woods near his house so she can see what time he leaves in the morning so she can set up an ambush at a later time. I can understand doing this kind of thing when one is in their teens - and no I'm not going to tell the story about how one time when a girlfriend of mine and I staked out a place where we knew two guys were going to be and then she disabled her car so they would come and help us 'fix' it. And I'm not going to add that it was in the middle of winter and we waited and waited and waited and they didn't come out and my girlfriend had a curfew and had to get her parents car back home and we were freezing anyway so we had to leave and the 'plan' totally bombed. I'm not going to tell that story because I was a silly young teenage girl and long grew out of that kind of thing.
But apparently Millie never did grow up in many respects. Then again I lost it with her when she went through a 'makeover' - new hairdo, new clothes, the make-up thing for the sole purpose of getting this guy she still had never had a real conversation with to notice her. What worked so charmingly well in Linda Howard's Open Season which charmed the socks off me, bombed completely in this book because of the motivation of the heroine.
But still I plodded on in this one until........ a handsome man asked Millie out for dinner and she deliberately chose a restaurant where she thought the handsome young man of her dreams would be. I'm not sure - but I might have screamed in frustration at the heroine at this point, but that was it! Enough of Millie.
I found the character of Millie to be excruciatingly shallow and self-absorbed. She seemed to care nothing for 'knowing' someone but only cared about the looks. She based her whole life on some guy because he was hawt. Now maybe if I continued to read the book, I would find out she found out what a shallow person she really was. But since this book is written in the first person, I just couldn't stay in her mind one more moment.
How about you? Do you finish books you aren't enjoying? And why? Do you give up on a book that just isn't working for you? If you do, will you try another book by the same author if this is your first by them?
This isn't about the writing. Obviously Kristan Higgins is a good writer since I and others have loved some of her books. But this is one I won't be finishing.