Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: The Boy On the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

1/5 stars

This book was hopeless. I am so sad about it. I truly thought I was going to enjoy this book. And maybe I would have - if I hadn't been so annoyed and turned off by the writing. It was very juvenile and telling and ridiculous and I wanted to fix the entire thing, rewrite it, actually show things happening.

Honestly, however, admidst all that frustration....I love how unromanticized it was. So much of it was real and raw and that's awesome - it's just that it felt like the story was being told to me. By a very bored speaker at a conference.

No thank you.

I even had a hard time discerning whose POV it was for a couple of pages. Was it Laura's? Her friend's? It felt very strange through the whole thing, even after I figured out it was Laura.

I think my favorite characters were Alexei's friends. Can't remember their names, because even they made little-to-no impression on me...but still. They were intriguing.

Also, what was with Laura's feelings progressing so quickly without any real reason? I was so confused. One minute she's like, "Oh, we're just helping each orher with language skills!" And the next it's, "I'm jealous of this random female friend of his!"

Come ON. We've seen it all before.

Anyway. Ridiculous. Glad I pushed through but, also...not? Sucks that my first read of the year was a ONE STAR. Blech.

That is all.


Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?

As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?

Some mild cursing. Two characters sleep together a few times but it is handled without detail and with very little enthusiasm. Because of how it was written, I barely knew what was going on at first.

1 comment:

  1. I am very disappointed. I thought that it sounded like a good book but I don't think I will read it after your review. I guess that means a more worthy book shall take it's place.