Obviously I picked up this book because of my love of Harry Potter. After five months and one failed attempt, I have finally finished. Thank you, audiobooks.
Let me just tell you, this book ain’t Harry Potter. It’s set in a small British town where everybody knows everybody’s business.
The first time I started reading it I got about a quarter of the way in. There were so many characters introduced so quickly that it got a little confusing and I couldn’t keep anyone straight. The second time was easier. I started at the beginning again, but having already read the first part I could remember better who was married to who and so on and so forth.
The gist of it is that Barry Fairbrother drops dead, which leads to a scuffle to take over his seat on the parish council. At the time, there are two sides, one of which wants to cut the ever-colorful “Fields” out of the parish, while the other argues to keep it as is.
We get to see into the lives of the adults connected to the council and Barry, but we also see into their teenage children. Every character has some secret(s), and it seems like they eventually all come to light. Overall, the book is dark and vulgar. It was a sizeable book, but there’s just not much to say about it. Plenty of drama, but none of the characters are particularly likable. I had high expectations because of the genius that is Harry Potter, but I came away a little disappointed.
Now I’m reading a few teeny-bopper books, “Fake Boyfriend” by Kate Brian and “The Princess Diaries” by Meg Cabot.