By: Kristin Billerbeck
Subject Matter: Hairdressing
Split Ends wasn’t very good.
My first indication that I wasn’t going to like this one was when a major character, Scott, was introduced as Scott Weston about forty pages in, and then, oh I don’t know, about a chapter or two later magically became Scott Baker for the rest of the book.
I know it may sound like a petty thing, but to me, this screams cheap writing. How much can an author (or an editor or publisher or whoever else helped get this book to publication) really care about a novel in which they can’t even remember a character’s name? How sloppy can you get? Do you think Ernest Hemingway or Charles Dickens or, hell, even Steven King ever invested so little into a book as to accidentally changed a character’s last name mid-novel? Tolstoy didn’t even do that, and his books have more characters than pages (and that’s saying something). Come on, Billerbeck.
Anyways, off my soapbox.
It just wasn’t that good. Again, I read this book really fast (less than a day), and I always expect that to make me emotionally connect really easily. But with this book? Nothing. Nada. (I mean, she falls for the guy because he was wearing a fedora when she first met him. I know that’s petty – again – but ew.)
It’s about a hairdresser from a no-good family in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming and her quest to make it in the big leagues of Hollywood. And, of course, her need to “break the family curse” and find a man…
Not my favorite book I’ve read by a long shot. But my mom read it and loved it. So, who’s to say!
Here are some book suggestions if you enjoyed Split Ends:
(for more by Billerbeck)
She’s All That by Kristin Billerbeck
What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck
The Trophy Wives Club by Kristin Billerbeck
A Girl’s Best Friend by Kristin Billerbeck
(for more chick lit)
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
(for easy reads about dysfunctional families)
Family Linen by Lee Smith
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Free to Choose by Milton & Rose Friedman
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver