Friday, September 28, 2012

Lily's Review of Deconstructing Infatuation, by Merce Cardus

Deconstructing INFATUATIONSometimes, whether you're single or with a significant one,
somebody appears in your life unexpectedly.
We feel the need to know who this person is,
the need to know exactly who this person is.

A story may offer different interpretations, even with several irreconcilable and contradictory meanings. As in Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta's story in Dante's Divine Comedy, this story is not about unfaithfulness either. This story is about infatuation: what burns inside of oneself when we let ourselves fall madly for someone.

Kindle Edition
Published January 10th 2012

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing


This review is going to be a tough one. As tough as it was to rate this novella. Why? Because I was so indecisive on how I felt about this story and how it was written.

The story itself was very interesting and entertaining. Helen seems like a simple down-to-earth girl, content with what is going on in her life... A mediocre, and not very deep relationship with a boyfriend that travels too much, and she barely sees. She shares an apartment with her friend Marleen.  When Marleen has to leave for a month, they decide to sublet Marleen's room to Tiziano, who appears to be a dashing Italian cultured type of man. They both clash at first, then suddenly their relationship changes to the romantic, and an affair begins. 

So... sure, the story is interesting.... and entertaining... but I had a real issue with how it was delivered.

The best way to describe it is... it felt awkward.  The conversations were awkwardly written. The dialogue didn't feel natural, and at times rushed. It was short novel, and I am taking it into account... but it felt superficial, and it didn't come across with the deep emotional chaos that would result from this triangle. 

I understood the message behind this story.  I can even say that I truly did enjoy the storyline itself. But this book needs a good edit to iron out the wrinkles. 

So I really did struggle with the rating, just as I am struggling with the review. I pondered, and pondered...

 And I would have to say that, for me, it was just ok. 

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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Merce CardusMerce Cardus is the author of two novels, I say Who, What, and Where! and Deconstructing Infatuation. Her novels are inspirational, thought-provoking, and witty, whose themes reflect and explore the great questions of Life, constantly searching for Truth.

Earning a Master's degree in Corporate Law, she has headed her own law firm. In 2008, after a wake-up call, she began an inner journey to realize her passion, and comitted to following her heart. She's currently living her passion by working on her third novel.

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