A Story In Verse: One Too Many Lies by L.A. Bowen

§ I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel. § 

Paige just started her Junior year and leads the life of a "typical" teenager: she has two best friends, on weekends they go to different parties to get drunk, and flirt with boys. In addition, she also has a love for poetry and records all her emotions in the form of free verse poems. These poems create the story the reader holds in their hands.

This means that for the length of the book you are reading one free verse poem after another. Sadly, I felt that this was a bit tiring halfway through since each poem felt like it was the same. Nothing new, refreshing or different happened. One way that could have been used to show Paige's character development would have been to change the style of the poems as the story progresses.

In addition, I may be a bit of a traditionalist but I am not convinced by that using random line breaks in sentences counts as poetry. While this tool can be used to place empathy on certain words it feels rather arbitrary in "One Too Many Lies".



It was also hard to connect with any of the characters. At first Paige always seems to be the same - rarely having more than one dimension: you know next to nothing about her family, you never learn what motivated her, and she seems pretty flat and stereotypical.

Then something happens that shifts her behaviour. However, the amount of time dedicated to this change in character is far less than it would deserve. Not even a third of the book deals with her character development when it should have been the main part. This makes this change very sudden and as a reader you are not able to follow it.

Overall, I must admit that "One Too Many Lies" by L.A. Bowen falls flat. I couldn't get into the story or the characters.While poetry isn't for everyone, I also didn't find the style very agreeable.


One Too Many Lies by L.A. Bowen
Published2018by West 44 Books
Pages: 200
ISBN:1538382504
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1 comment :

  1. Like I had mentioned in your instaInst post, imbnI'm usyusua a fan of books written in verse. Honestly it feels kind of gimmicky to me, as if that's the only feature of the book that counts. And yes, just putting line breaks doesn't count as poetry.

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