Friday, September 5, 2008

Jackie's review of 'The Accidental' by Ali Smith

The book started off quite promisingly, with the meandering thoughts of a 12 year old girl. The writing style was very unusual, but I found it amusing, and although some of the thoughts were a bit too profound for a 12 year old, overall I found it quite convincing. The book continued quite well, with the guilty thoughts of her older brother, but then it went downhill with the introduction of Amber, a stranger introduced into the household. I found her character extremely annoying, and ultimately pointless.

The reader is then confronted with several chapters of poetry. This is just weird, unnecessary, and it feels as though the author is just trying to be too clever.

It doesn’t improve. The plot just disappears, the characters become more annoying, and the stream of conscious thought becomes monotonous and dull.

Avoid it if you can.

2 out of 5 stars


  1. GREAT review, Jackie! I've been curious about this book myself ... no more!

  2. I agree, its dreadful - my copy got given away as soon as I finished the last page!