Thursday, August 21, 2008

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Well, the stepsisters are ugly, as is this downer of a novel.  The plot seems very contrived, almost forced, as it works it's way to the ball, and abruptly deflates after it.   Much of the problem is that where the fantastic is acceptable in fantasy novel, for example "Wicked", it feels out of place in the more realistic setting of Confessions.  I did not particularly enjoy the characters either, so this book held very little charm for me.  If you want a good book about Dutch painters, girls coming of age and poverty, read "Girl with a Pearl Earing."

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