Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Gift: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans~★★

Title: The Gift: A Novel
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Release Date: October 9th, 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1st edition
Genre: Fiction

Back Jacket: "There is no hurt so great that love cannot heal it: Nathan Hurst hated Christmas. For the rest of the world it was a day of joy and celebration; for Nathan it was simply a reminder of the event that destroyed his childhood until a snowstorm, a cancelled flight, and an unexpected meeting with a young mother and her very special son would show him that Christmas is indeed the season of miracles."

Taryn's Review: I saw this book on the Christmas kiosk at the library and the shiny silver edge of the cover caught my eye. I thought I had looked up this book once on Amazon, but I really couldn't remember. And hey, it's Christmas time, so why not give the book a shot, I told myself.

Nathan Hurst was hardly a complex character despite the problems the author had created for him. Nathan was very flat and the gusto of Nathan's lifelong problems weren't really relatable to the reader so that I could sympathize with Nathan. He's likable, but only because he's ideal in every way.

The "very special son" the book jacket spoke of was named Collin, and if you've read or seen The Green Mile, his special gift was reminiscent of John Coffey's special gift. Collin, like most of the other characters in the book, was not introduced soon enough for me to really understand him or his feelings. I would have liked to see a chapter written from Collin's point of view.

Overall, the book does its job of rousing basic emotions. There are a lot of fallacies in book that made it very unbelievable (2007 and the kids are playing Mario on a Ninetendo set? The little girl refers to her father as a "crumb?", Nathan gets healed of both bronchitis and Tourette's Syndrome...yet people only notice his bronchitis is gone???). It was a quick, flat read, and not one that you'll necessarily remember in the future.

Devout readers of Richard Paul Evans will enjoy it and praise it, but unfortunately, this book is only ★★ for me.

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