Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Few Kinds of Wrong by Tina Chaulk

4.5 Star

Jennifer works in a man’s world of mechanics, having followed in her father’s footsteps, but becomes lost after his sudden death and in her grief is clinging to the past as everyone around her seems to be moving forward.  This is a novel about loss, deception, love and acceptance and Jennifer wades through it all to find her self identity without her father. 

Lydia - 4 Star

I really liked A Few Kinds of Wrong. It's much heavier than chick lit, but that didn’t deter from my enjoyment.  I laughed, and cried and wanted to shake sense into Jennifer at times and felt every ounce of her anguish and grief.

Chaulk creates real characters that are flawed and confused and I enjoyed watching Jennifer try to pull herself up and figure out her life without her father.  The relationship with her grandmother was touching and the complicated relationship with her mother and estranged husband I found intriguing and infuriating. 

My only concern was the slower beginning, which I seem to be saying often lately about many novels.  The flashbacks jolted me out of the story, but as I got further into the novel, I realized how critical they were.  Memories, often misunderstood and altered by innocence and age, played an integral role with Jennifer’s coming to terms with her father’s passing.

Overall, I thought A Few Kinds of Wrong was a great book and loved the story.  It was unique, full of East Coast Canadian details and had such raw emotion that made me squirm and shed tears yet also laugh and smile at times.  I would highly recommend this novel and would most definitely read another of Tina Chaulk’s books.

Kathryn - 5 Star

I cried a lot reading A Few Kinds of Wrong and much as I found it difficult to read at times there is nothing about the writing or the storyline that I would change.  In fact, I wouldn’t touch a thing.  I completely agree with Lydia though that this is definitely a bit more tough a read than typical chick lit.

The juxtaposition between Jennifer’s tender relationship with her grandmother and her tense relationship with her mother was the hardest part for me. It was so intensely sad to see how moments from her past had tainted her feelings about her mother.  Jennifer is obviously a complete daddy’s girl but I hadn’t really expected how that truly came to be- the whole novel was great at releasing little bits of the story without it being too slow.

I liked the way Jennifer’s ex-husband was given a complete character- we understood his personality, his intentions towards her and he was present from the start of the novel to the end- I appreciated that as lately I’ve read some novels where some characters just disappear.

The only thing I didn’t love was how frustrated I was that Jennifer didn’t just pull it together!  But I suppose that’s realistic and it’s all very well for the reader to see the way out so easily!  All in all will definitely pick up another Tina Chaulk and look forward to it.

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