Author: Erich Segal (Click to read an interview with this author who rose to fame out of nowhere)
Who Should Read It: Hmm, that’s a hard one. It was the number one bestseller for the year 1970. It appealed to the masses. If you want a short and sweet love story, this would be it.
Best part About this Book: Call me strange, but there’s something intensely satisfying about the death of a major character. It’s catharsis.
What’s Missing: Details. Details! Why do these people love each other? Why should I care if the main characters live or die when they seem so, well, shallow?
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
So I hated this book. It boggles me how this became such a hit. Apparently the author was somewhat charismatic and did interviews around the country, and that probably sparked interest. But I want some romance. I love romance. I happen to be a member of the feminine gender, and there’s nothing like a good love story. In fact I rarely read a fiction book if there’s not a good love story. But this didn’t fall into that category in my book.
Okay, enough ranting. The point is, this book is super short. That’s probably part of its appeal. It’s got a Romeo and Juliet feel as well, what with the star-crossed lovers and getting separated from their fate through death. However, if you really want to cry up a storm, watch the movie. Now that’s a tear-jerker. Besides, it has that catchy tune that you still hear once in a while. If you want the story, watch the movie, that’s all I’m saying.