Paperchase – Marcel Theroux

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It has been about six months since I finished this book, and to be honest I don’t remember much about it. At the time I was unsure as to whether to award it 5 stars, as I knew that it contained nothing profound or inspiring. I did, however, love every minute of reading it. I couldn’t put it down, and carried it round with me as I did everything, creating extra time for reading so that I could finish it. The writing was simple, but the characters all came to life on the page.

It was a real page turner, with a clever ending. I’m still not sure whether it deserves five stars – I suppose that depends on your rating system. Should a book that grabs (and holds!) your attention completely be knocked down a star or two, just because you don’t remember much about it six months on? Is the point of books to entertain, or must they have such a profound effect on you that the characters are still buzzing round your head years later? In this case, I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and leave it with five stars.

I highly recommend this book, it was one of my favourites of 2008.


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