Tuesday, August 11, 2009 |

Ten of world's best beloved authors each contribute a chapter in the life of the mysterious George "Gee" Keane, photographer, soldier, adventurer and enigma. Under different pens, a startling portrait emerges of a man, his family, and his gloriously complicated tangle of a life. -Goodreads

The ten authors: David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, Gregory McGuire, Ruth Ozeki, Linda Sue Park, and Tom Wynne Jones.

Click started out well; I grew attached to the characters, and even while they were changed in each chapter, I found that I wasn't disappointed. Each chapter (and new author) was a fun surprise, and as the whole story began to fit together, each piece finding its' place, everything came to a (rather irritating) halt.

I believe it was Chapters 9 and 10 (the final two chapters) that ruined the book for me. Without warning we were fast forwarded through time (I would not consider this a spoiler), ending the story very abruptly. I found that one particular character, who I had originally come to love, had become much colder and formal. And even though the last pages were heartwarming, I couldn't help feeling slightly disappointed.

I suppose this could be expected, considering that the book had TEN different authors, each with their own style and interpretation of the story. I think this is the first book I will truly not recommend. I felt like I was somehow gipped at the end. Has anyone else read this, and if so, do you feel the same way?

Rating: 6/10


Melanie said...

I haven't read this book, but the first time I saw it, the cover drew me in. Is it set in the past? I can see how having so many different authors could disrupt the story. Hmm.

Cate said...

Melanie- some chapters were meant to be in present time, others in the past, and some farther in the future. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

I see what you mean. It sounds a good idea but those authors have different types of books they like to write, so it could clash. Great review!

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