Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Review: Dark Song, by Gail Giles

While Dark Song  has an interesting premise, I had trouble buying into some of the strange reactions and behaviors of the characters.

Ames' life is falling apart. She's always been the rich, private school kid who has never wanted for anything. Now, her father has lost his job because of illegal activities, which means he can't find another one. As things get worse and worse for Ames and her family, they end up packing up and moving across country.

The book's premise, according to the blurb, is that Ames gets involved with the wrong man and gets herself in trouble because everyone else has abandoned her. My first issue with the book is that we don't even meet this kid until over 150 pages into the book. The beginning is all about the family's slow demise.

Some of the pacing is "jerky." It takes only fifteen pages for the family to decide to move, sell almost all of their belongings, and pack up and drive to Texas.  The 120 pages before that just seemed to drag for me...as Ames figures out just how different her parents are from what she believed.

I understand Ames' mother being totally livid about what her father did and her angry reactions to him. I didn't buy that the mom would just totally abandon her kids, lash out at them, and basically not give a shit about how this was affecting their lives. A loving mother one day, and a selfish bitch the next? I couldn't believe it.

Since I didn't buy the mother's behavior, it was difficult for me to sympathize with Ames and believe that she would just immediately jump into this loser's arms. She very quickly found out his strange quirks and could see the potential danger, but it didn't matter.

Giles did build up some tension, but the ending fizzled for me too. Everything got resolved fairly easily. Big showdown in five pages.

Dark Song is a quick and easy read. The story probably flows just fine for some teens, even considering the pacing problems I had. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it -- I did enjoy parts of the book -- but Dark Song isn't a book that will stick with me for very long.

Published by Little, Brown and Company, 2010
Copy obtained from the library
292  pages

Rating: 2/5

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  1. Too bad this didn't work for you. I've been on a listserv with Gail Giles for years and always wanted to read something she wrote.

    1. Don't discount Giles -- I've read Playing in Traffic, Right Behind You, and What Happened to Cass McBride -- really liked them all...

  2. I am very late readin this book review on dark song, but I completely agree with her. This book was too slow. If this book hadn't been recommended, I would have just completely put this book down. I was so bored with the plot. The first half of the book was literally Ames and her family issues. I didnt think Ames's mother was realistic. She went from sort of strict, to crazy out of control freak-wadd of a bitch! unrealistic..Yes some parts of this book was entertaining, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it.


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