Three reviews of three star books

Happy Friday, pals! Today, I’m reviewing three books I rated three stars! Usually, three-star reviews are fairly long, because I have a lot to say about the books to justify the three stars. But for these books, I honestly don’t have that much to say. My rating for each of these can really be summed up as: I had low expectations, and those expectations were more or less met.

Also, two of these books I read over a year ago now, so I’m so sorry the reviews are this late lmao. But better late than never!

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney

I’m really glad I finally read this book and can take it off my TBR. This is a middle grade novel about a girl who sees herself on a missing person poster. I think if I had read this in middle school, it absolutely would have gotten five stars from me. And the only reason it’s getting three stars is because it was definitely written for a middle grade audience, of which I am not. But I have no complaints about this book. The plot was super interesting, and I really liked the relationship between the main character and her “parents”. I liked the ending and resolution and thought it was really interesting. I might read the next book because I’ve always been interested in the after of kidnappings.

The Dinner by Herman Koch (3.5 stars)

Moving onto an adult thriller now lmao. I went into this book knowing not much other than that it took place over the course of one dinner. But it was one of the lowest-rated books on my TBR, so I had fairly low expectations. But luckily, I ended up really enjoying this. I thought the character dynamics were really interesting. I loved the subverting of expectations, where you think one couple is the “good” couple and one couple is the “bad” couple. I liked the underlying story and conflict and thought it was really well done. My one complaint is that there were some flashback sequences that were a tad too long. If there was a more even split of dinner conversation to flashback sequence, I would have rated this book higher.

The Collector by John Fowles

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I think the idea is really interesting: a kidnapping story from both the kidnapper and kidnapped perspectives. But I thought in execution, it was fairly mediocre. The section from the kidnapper’s perspective was really interesting; his justification of everything and thought processes were really interesting. But the kidnapped’s perspective was,,, boring? odd? It was largely her ruminating on the relationship she had with an older man, which I was not interested in at all. I never felt connected to the main character or understood why we should care about her or her relationship, so her section was harder to read. So all in all, this was a fine book, but I won’t necessarily be jumping to recommend it any time soon.

So there we go! Three reviews for books I rated three stars!

Thank you for reading! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What books have you recently rated three stars? Let me know!

Ally xx


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