Wednesday, October 6

Rich & Mad by William Nicholson

Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything. . . 
Perhaps I made too many assumptions before I picked up this book. It was a bit of a let-down for me. To start things off, my first (and in my opinion, worst) assumption was that the characters in the novel were indeed rich and mad. Wrong. Rich and Mad are short for Richard and Madeline, and that's it. For some reason I assumed that it was more than just shorthand- I was expecting a frenzy of emotions. I think this just set me off in completely the wrong direction- I was waiting for something that was never going to happen.
Adding to that, I'm not the biggest fan of third-person narration. I feel as though it puts a barrier between me and the characters. This is not to say that every book that is done in third person is an automatic let-down, I just think it personally takes a lot of emotional descriptions for me to feel like I can connect with the character. That said, Rich & Mad didn't have that for me. The characters seemed a little flat for the most part. That, added to what I feel was awkward dialogue at moments, made me feel as though I was on the outside looking in for the most part.
Overall, this book was a bit of a roller coaster, but not in a manner that was particularly appealing to me. There was this tremendously slow build up and a lightning fast drop to the bottom at the end. I'm not opposed to this method, but with me not connecting with the characters in the first place, it felt as though some things came out of nowhere.
Needless to say, this book was not one of my favorites. Again, I think it all had to do with expectations, and unfortunately mine were completely left field from where the book was actually going. 
My Ratings:
Plot: C
Had a lot of small things going on, but nothing particular that draws you in
Characters: C
Unfortunately flat for me. I didn't connect with them well enough to grasp their emotions
I think the cover is nice, but it only encouraged my assumptions that things were much more dramatic
Length: D
This book was a bit too long for me. Perhaps this may be because I wasn't into the characters

An interesting take on love and life, I give Rich & Mad:
Two Stars!
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