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Title: Serendipity Market
Author: Penny Blubaugh
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: It released in 2009, and I was in the mood for something new.
Summary: When the world tilts off its axis, it’s up to Mama Inez to harness the magical power of story to put it right again.
Stopped on Page: 23
Why I Stopped: I couldn’t get into this one. The problem introduced at the beginning is that the world is tilting off its axis, which sounds bad and all but the book didn’t make me care one whit about it. I need a more personal problem to connect with a story right off the bat.
Part of it is that I didn’t connect with Mama Inez or the other characters introduced at first. Then when we start meeting everybody who’s being invited to tell their stories, I completely lost interest. I had no idea who I was supposed to identify with and root for.
Your Turn: Should I have kept going? Or was I right to stop?
Note: As an aspiring author, I respect the extraordinary amount of effort that goes into writing a book. I did not write this review in order to be unfair or negative about the book. My goal is simply to articulate why the book wasn’t for me.