The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Listen, man. You can’t just be pretty. You need a point! I guess this is a story about a criminal father (arguably a “bad guy”) and his love for his spunky daughter. But there’s hardly any real point. The writing is lovely – lots of imagery – maybe too much detail. Even while tons of things happen – nothing happens! I can understand why other readers love it. It is beautiful, and the love between father and daughter is sweet. But it wasn’t enough for me. I got so excited at the promising beginning and then so disappointed when we were still treading water 100 pages later.

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