( Extracted from Amazon ) Sometimes you don’t get to choose where you are placed in the collective ecosystem of a high school.
Luke Hartford spends his days on the fringes of social inadequacy. A normal day at his small town American High School can be described as horrific. That is until events take a turn for the worse. After a vision, Luke realises there is something other than the horror of trying to fit in lurking just under the surface.
My Evaluation (no spoilers):
Open Evening is the debut novel of Lee Hall.
As a reader I have two different perspectives. I read books as a reader and I read as an author. To write a book it takes blood, sweat, and tears. This probably makes me less critical in some respects. There is no shortage of blood, sweat and tears here in these three-hundred something odd pages. The story was fast paced and wasted no time getting into the action. Open Evening is a non-stop thrill ride bending and curving in different directions. The subtle introduction of details into the story was quite nice.
Throughout the book external and internal dialog engaged me and added to the building of the story. The characters had different, accentuated dialog, which they should. I felt urgency before the ending of Chapter 6 which was less than 100 pages in – perfect!
I do wish major events were more pronounced in the book to give them more weight. Not a bad thing altogether – it adds to the speed of the story but if I wasn’t exactly paying attention I could have missed what was going on ( yes, my mind is a wandering animal looking for food, always ). Also it could have had more internal escapes into special accents of the story.
Now for the jokes. The jokes were actually funny in this book. The internal dialog was amusing and made me laugh from time to time – another big plus.
Although as an author I give this book more credit than I do as a reader – because I know writing a book is a journey and exercise of the mind. It was most certainly worth reading and I enjoyed this book overall and give it ★★★★☆ 4 stars out of 5.
If you have read other posts on this blog you will notice I have linked Mr. Lee Hall’s blog – Lee’s Hall of information which I have been following for quite some time. Go check it out.
Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S. D. McKinley