Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review - A Casual Vacancy

This book has been out for a few months now, but I finally got around the reading it and wanted to share my thoughts.  The Casual Vacancy is the first "adult" novel by J.K. Rowling, famed author of the Harry Potter series.  Now, don't be confused by me saying it is "adult".  I just mean it's geared more towards adults as opposed to children.  Does that make sense?
I hadn't read any reviews online and had no expectations.  Although I absolutely loved the HP series, which I only recently read, I didn't know how Rowling's writing would translate to an older audience.  I applaud her branching out and trying something new.  Let's be honest, she could retire and have more money than she could ever spend!  
  The Casual Vacancy is set in a small town and at the start of the book, one of the town council members dies suddenly, thus creating the "vacancy".  At times this is a simple story of a small town and how a sudden change has a seismic shift in the residents' lives.  At other points though, this book deeply explores domestic issues of all varieties, focusing on some tough situations.  It can be tough to read at times, but considering Rowling has a rough past, I think she wanted to bring attention to certain issues.
I liked The Casual Vacancy.  The town setting was comforting, reminding me of my small-town childhood and was a great backdrop to this story.  It's an easy, well-written read, although there are quite a few characters to keep track of! 
One other note...if you have the chance, choose to buy/borrow this story on your e-reader.  The hardcover is so heavy!

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