Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Groff, Lauren - The Monsters of Templeton
Title: The Monsters of Templeton
Author: Lauren Groff
Genre: Lit Fic
Love/Hate?: Not hate.
Did you finish?: Yes.
One-sentence summary: Spoiled gorgeous Willie returns to her small town to find herself.
Why did you get this book?: The cover and I really thought it was about monsters.
Do you like the cover?: The cover is gorgeous!
First line from book: The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the fifty-foot corpse of a monster surfaced in Lake Glimmerglass.
Review: Even though the New York Times says that the narrator/heroine Willie Upton is "disarming and smart" and more interesting than "the elaborate events that surround her", I actually found the opposite to be true. Willie seemed spoiled and entitled and in dire need of a reality check; her mother, Vi, was maddening, and her best friend too perfect. It was like watching a rom com with the appropriately wacky supporting cast. In the end, it wasn't Willie that kept me reading, but her ancestors. They were interesting, complicated people. Lauren Groff is a short-story writer and the book feels it, at times; it reads like a series of vignettes loosely connected by a common theme -- Templeton -- rather than a novel, but in the end, I enjoyed it.