Wednesday, April 20, 2016

{Book Review} "Here" by Jennifer Ball

Rating: 3/5

Here tells the story of Joshua and Abigail, two "Christians" living very different Christian walks. Josh chooses to follow in his father's footsteps and makes many poor decisions while Abigail benefits from a stable, Christian upbringing, and leans toward respect and making appropriate decisions. When their lives intersect in a big way, they are both changed. The author seeks to point out the harms of living a worldly lifestyle through showing the consequences of Joshua's behavior. 

The idea behind the story is a good one: fictional characters demonstrating the harmful effects of poor decision making and living lives contrary to the Bible. Unfortunately, Ball's writing style needs major development. In most scenes, she "tells" readers exactly what's happening, instead of "showing" them. This makes for a very boring writing style, and some descriptions are far too drawn out. The characters are developed mostly through the author explicitly telling readers about them, rather than having their actions "show" readers. 

The story is interesting. If it were executed better, this book could be great. As it is right now, it needs a lot of editing to elevate it to another level. It is a valiant first try, but the book as a whole needs a lot of revisions to make the writing style more intriguing. 

I received a copy of this book for free from Bookcrash in exchange for this honest review.

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