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A Work of Art

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Well written, beautiful and fast read. Great for a quick escape and dose of creative motivation!
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This is a perfect beach read  as it keeps the reader engaged and invested in the characters' lives.
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Couldn't get past the first chapter. There was no depth to the reading. Read almost like how you would summarize a book for someone else. Except really long.
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A Work of Art is not a masterpiece, unfortunately. Its premise is tried and true: a woman breaks up with her cheating boyfriend and later discovers she's pregnant. Said ex goes on to sleep with everything with two legs after the breakup until he discovers his ex is pregnant, then does everything he can do to get her back.

I guess my main problem with A Work of Art is that it's all rather flat. There is nothing particularly interesting or unique about Julene or Samson and their actions and reactions. They're not horrible people, but they're not particularly nice people either. They're just...there, bland and boring. The intimate scenes are fade to black, which is something that when done well and within an interesting story with interesting characters, can be OK. Here, however, it just adds to the flat aspect of the entire story.

I couldn't connect to, or relate to, any of the characters, nor did I like any of them. The whole thing is just rather unlikable, with tons of unnecessary detail that feels too much like telling with little passion involved. A Work of Art is just not enough for me: not enough passion, not enough sweetness, not enough excitement, not enough strong emotion, not enough, period.
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This book is too fast-pace, even for me. There is an amazing story in it, but it isn't told the right way. It's frustrating because I think there was some interesting characters here too, but they got lost. The writing style in the book, and the execution of it don't do it justice.
If I was judging on just story, this would've been strong 4 stars, but I can't give them with everything else going on.
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Thank you to She Writes Press and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book opens with the main characters, Julene and Samson, going about their daily lives. It was then understood that they recently had a breakup but we don't know the cause. The mystery of that breakup didn't last very long as the cause was revealed just a couple of chapters in. After the breakup, Julene discovers her passion for art again and became successful. As well, the situation Julene finds herself in can be related to by many women. However, the story lacked the insightfulness that could have been achieved through better writing execution. The characters' actions also didn't feel true  or realistic given the situation. Samson, who have been warming his sheets with another woman dumps her and automatically Julene takes him back even though the breakup was so bad she had to leave town for six months? 

As a reader, I like when authors show me their world they want to portray. There was too much telling in this book and even so, the description or lack thereof in certain parts, missed the mark. One of my favorite hobbies is drawing, and considering the vocation of the character, I expected some description of Julene's art process. It was just told that her art magically gets created and accepted by the art world, I don't think I ever got a sense of what her art would look like. I felt like I got the summary of the characters day-to-day activities in each chapters. It got mundane and boring really quickly. The dialogue felt forced and some situations felt very awkward. For example, Julene and her date laughing hysterically over her use of the word "pizzazz". Not sure why or how it was so funny, or was it an Aussie joke that I completely missed?

I had to force myself to finish the book in order to give this a fair rating. Unfortunately this book did not work for me.
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This is one of the most frustrating novels I’ve read in a long time, and the reason for that is simple. The story is great, but the telling is distinctly not. The novel is very fast paced, but there is little detail in any of the scenes. What’s more, when there is detail, it seems to occur during the most inane occasions. There are some quite dramatic moments in this novel which have the potential to be extremely emotional and involving, but they are written about with the air of an afterthought. The most important aspects of the story are glossed over, whilst mundane conversations about rice pads are dealt with in great detail.

Now that I’m at the end of the novel, I still don’t feel that I have a good grasp of who the characters really are, what their motivations are and how they feel about anything that’s happened in the book. I think part of this is down to the dialogue. The conversations don’t seem realistic, and the writing style brings the phrase ‘hoity-toity’ to mind.

Focusing on the more positive aspects of the novel, the story is a very relatable and realistic. What happens in this novel could easily happen to anyone, and yet there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Unfortunately, you don’t have to guess for very long.

For example, the beginning of the novel is involving, as the two main characters, Julene and Samson, have ended their relationship but we don’t know why. Rather than use this as a way to keep readers interested, the tension is broken a few chapters later when the author reveals the reason for their break-up. I would have loved for her to have drawn this out a little more, as the majority of the book is much less interesting. 70% of the novel could perhaps could be entitled ‘the Sexcapades of Julene and co.’, but sadly this is nowhere near as fun as it sounds. In some cases, her circumstances actually make it feel a bit ‘icky’.

If I could turn back time and read this novel again, I’m not sure I’d bother. I did read it until the end (the story was interesting enough for me to persevere through the bad writing) but maybe it would make a better movie?

A Work of Art is released on 2nd May 2017.

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Sorry, didn't review this, see notes to publishers for reason why.
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