"Aster's Good, Right Things" Book Review


Today I am reviewing a book that is set to be published on November 1st, 2020. I received this for free as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Netgalley, but all opinions are my own. 

Aster's Good, Right Things is a book about a girl named Aster who doesn't fit in. Ever since her mother left, she does a good thing every day to make herself feel like a good person, something that others benefit from. If she enjoys doing the good thing, then she feels bad about doing it. 

Overall, I think I rate this book 2 stars. I didn't enjoy reading it. In general, books are sorted into two categories: character-centric or plot-centric. Character-centric stories focus on building the characters, using the plot as a device to move the character forward. Plot-centric does the opposite, using characters to move the plot forward. 

This book was neither. It lacked in plot, but it lacked in character. 

Starting with the plot, this book simply had none. If I am analysing the book correctly, the author's intentions were to make a character-centric book. After all, it is about an 11-year-old girl who has anxiety. Any plot is to move the character forward. Every chapter started with Aster doing a good, right thing and moved onto other aspects of her life. Each chapter ending was abrupt and ending in the middle of a scene. It left me wanting more. That's a good thing, right? But the author left us cliffhangers, and shockingly never came back to them. 

The character development was not great. The main character, Aster, was simply flat. All she does is her good, right things, and she sometimes reads books. I am aware that anxiety can take over your life in a terrible way, but it would be more realistic for Aster to have some sort of character trait/hobby that I could describe her with.  If you asked me to describe Aster, I would have a hard time doing that. 

The ending of this book felt rushed, and it was the first real "plot" that this book had. It threw me off track in a weird way, and then abruptly ended. In conclusion, I would not recommend this book.

Comments

  1. Too bad that the book is weak, because your review makes me want to know more about this girl and her struggle. It seems like the author had a good idea but couldn’t deliver.

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