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I was enjoying the book a lot, but then she had to bring the 2016 election into it, and that is when I was done. We all have our own beliefs and ideals, but why spoil a good book by letting the President that the American people voted into office—who obviously the author hated, ruin what would otherwise have been a pretty good book.
Why do so many folks nowadays feel the need to lecture everyone on their political views wherever and whenever possible. Award shows, breakfast out, walking in the park, standing in line at the grocery, reading a novel. I was interested in the story until the seemingly obligatory white bashing and political spewing showed up. Give it a rest for heaven's sake! Your tone is quite off putting. Another promising tale ....poof! Gone! Off my reader...and radar.
Great book until the author unnecessarily inserted her political views into it. Why do people have to ruin a fictional book with that crap. As if we’re not inundated daily with ridiculous politics as it is!
Slow read. I skipped over sections to get back to the story. Totally unnecessary mention of the 2016 election and hysterical reaction to the outcome. Added nothing to the story except revealing the author’s political leaning. The ending was abrupt, sappy and not believable. It seemed like the author just wanted to finish or had to meet a deadline. What happened next?? Guess we’ll never know.
I read to be entertained and escape from the world for awhile. This was a depressing read, but worst of all was having politics in it. If I want to be depressed by political views, I'll turn on the news. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I read for pleasure, for escape from a world growing uglier every day. Isabel’s story, full of pathos, passion, and possibility was interesting, moving, and sometimes tragic. It is a story of survival, and she survived very well, but she is dishonest about who she is, what she has been and done, and even what she wants. It was a pretty good read until the author stuck her own bias about current political events into it, attributing that bias to her character. It didn’t fit. Then as if to atone for her denial of her past, the character wants to become an activist fighting a liberal battle. It completely ruined the story, and it cheapened Castro’s skill as a writer. I believe this author did not have the ending that should have been written for the story at all; it became her own fantasy, not Isabel’s. It leaves a bad taste. I’ll be sure to avoid any future offerings from Ms. Castro and leave older ones on the library shelf.
The author knows how to turn a phrase and use the English language to tell a story. Sadly, the story itself is well worn and seems created only to allow a liberal college teacher the chance to advance her leftist agenda. The utter mental/physical collapse by the primary character (in reaction to Trump winning the election in 2016) was a pitiful depiction, and left me with little regard for the author. Move on to something else for your reading pleasure, as this book offers little of it.