The Big Crunch

The Big Crunch - Pete Hautman While the synopsis claims that it’s not that kind of story - I beg to differ: it’s exaclty that kind of story. Should I give it credit for being a simple, realistic love story? For being without vampires and werewolves, and dramatic over-the-top displays of love? If so, then the basis on which we now judge our books (and compare them) is totally wrong. I did not love this book. That is not to say it was horrible – it was enjoyable enough, for some people it might even be perfect. Just not for me.

I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum with this one – people who loved it beyond words and people who thought it sucked. I think this is one of those books that either works for you or it doesn’t. It didn’t work for me. Yes, it was cute, their romance was sweet and all that, but it just… For some reason, Pete Hautman’s books just don’t do anything for me. I end up frustrated, because there were good premisses in them, but they just don’t go anywhere. I always feel like he could have made an amazing book out of that, but instead made a mediocre one. I feel like I’m being too harsh here, so please understand that I mean this in a very personal way – this is how they feel to me, and I believe that reading is a very personal thing – the books that speak to us tell a lot about us. I realize that to many people this was one of those wow books. For me it was just disappointing. In short, I think I will leave Hautman’s books to those who can fully appreciate them.