The Casual Vacancy hit shelves September 27, and a J.K. Rowling frenzy is upon us. People of course are comparing the Harry Potter series with her latest adult novel, and reviews are mixed.
But, what I really want to know is what do YOU think? The young adult blogging community is full of ardent Harry Potter fans, so I want to hear from YOU what your thoughts area bout J.K. Rowling’s already-infamous release.
If you haven’t read The Casual Vacancy, do you plan to?
What Critics are Saying About The Casual Vacancy
If you’re still on the fence about reading J.K.’s sex and curse-filled novel, this is what some popular media sites are saying as well as our peers.
The average Amazon rating is 2.7 out of 5 stars (with 102 one-star reviews)
Notable quotes from Amazon reviewers:
- “If you’re able to set aside the JK ROWLING of it all, you’ll love or hate this book on the strength of what it says about people.”
- “book, you need to forget this is the same author who gave us Mr.Potter’s world of magic. This is set in a tiny English town and deals with politics,class struggle,poverty,drug use,child abuse,rape,self-mutilation, suicide, pedophilia,mental illness and other ugly realities.”
- “This book was horrible. After a while, it went from being disturbing to just being ludicrous; does any novel have a larger cast of characters, none of whom have any depth other than loathsomeness of one kind or another? It’s one of those novels that I wouldn’t even want to donate to Goodwill.”
Notable quotes from Goodreads:
- Nina from Elfswood said: “Look. If you’re going to read this just because it has JK Rowling’s name splattered on there, I strongly advise you to sit back, take a look at your computer screen, and read that book description. Does it sound like something you would enjoy? Does it attract you, in the least bit, at all?”
- Natalyia said: “What I like most about this novel is that it’s basically a character study. There’s not that much plot, little action of any kind, and – *spoiler* – not that much resolution of existing conflicts by the end of the book. It is really just a sketch of a bit of small-town English society, quite nicely done.”
- Mith from Mith’s Tumblr said: “However, unlike the Harry Potter books, this book will probably not be changing any lives any time soon (it certainly didn’t change mine), but I’m glad to have read it, nonetheless.(“
News Media Reviews
- New York Times: “Unfortunately, the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that “The Casual Vacancy” is not only disappointing — it’s dull.”
- The Guardian: “The Casual Vacancy is no masterpiece, but it’s not bad at all: intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny. I could imagine it doing well without any association to the Rowling brand, perhaps creeping into the Richard and Judy Book Club, or being made into a three-part TV serial.”
- Kirkus Reviews: “A departure and a revelation, though the story is dark and doesn’t offer much in the way of redemption (or, for that matter, much in the way of laughs). Still, this Rowling person may have a career as a writer before her.”
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