Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Review: Generations by Lori Folkman

Author: Lori Folkman
Publisher: Springhill Publishing
Paperback: 310 pages
Series Order: Book 1
Kat is an average teenage girl who is in love with teenage singer Ben Wilder. So when her best friend Jackson wins a competition that allows him to work on her favorite singer's music video, she just has to meet him.
Ben Wilder, son of the late rock star Dan Wilder, has always lived in the limelight, but he instantly falls for the pretty dancer, Kat. In no time, he becomes friends with Jackson and starts to date Kat. They are both thrown out of their comfort zone when Kat experiences the life of a famous person and Ben gets a taste of what it's like to be an average teenager. Drama ensues when the media coverage gets to be too much for the both of them.

Overall Rating: 2/5

Generations has a cute premise. We have all dreamed of somehow having the opportunity to meet our celebrity crush and then somehow magically getting them to fall in love with us and date us. For Kat, this dream becomes a reality and she sees just how difficult dating a celebrity can be. However, while I like the idea, the execution falls flat.

There are many problems that turn this book from prevent this novel from being a decent teen romance, the biggest of which is the completely unnatural reactions and dialogue of the characters. For example, take when Ben meets Kat for the first time:

"Hi, I'm Cat."

As in meow? Was this some sort of pick-up line? Was he the mouse?

I don't know anyone who would actually think this. Kat is a common enough name that I don't see why Ben would be confused by it.

The second biggest problem is how fast conflicts resolve. There is a huge relationship conflict between Ben and Kat introduced about three-quarters of the way through the book that magically disappears. Not only did this leave me unsatisfied, since I expected more of a climax, but it also made me doubt how true Ben and Kat's relationship is (which is especially bad since it's the main focus of the novel). All we really see about their "love" for each other is how they pine away when the other isn't near. Not my idea of a decent relationship. They act more like twelve-year-olds than teenagers on the brink of adulthood.

Other things that bothered me were the pacing, lack of setting detail, and general plot development. However, it wasn't all bad. There were some parts that were truly funny and enjoyable, but overall, I just couldn't get past all problems to enjoy the good parts.

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