Friday, December 29, 2017

776 (2017 #74). Hap & Hazard and the End of the World

by Diane DeSanders

I didn't like this book.

I chose it from the November batch of LibraryThing Early Reviewers books based on the described setting (1940s Texas, Dallas after World War II), a blurb from a Booklist review ("“Paints a vivid picture of childhood in postwar America"), and the fact that the parents in the story are named Dick and Jane, who were the main characters in popular basal readers used from the 1930s through the 1960s.  I had to wonder if that was intentional. Author Diane DeSanders is a 5th-generation Texan and a history teacher, so I guess I was hoping this book might be historical fiction.

Instead, it reads more like a memoir of an unnamed daughter in a dysfunctional family.  It bothered me that this second-grader narrator was never named.  I found the entire book to be rather depressing, and I didn't really get the sense of place that I was hoping for.  If I hadn't needed to write a review for Early Reviewers, I'm not sure I would have finished it.

© Amanda Pape - 2017

[I received this advance reader edition through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be passed on to someone else to enjoy.]

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