Tuesday, February 2, 2010
"The Other Boleyn Girl"
"The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory --** (2 stars)
A friend of mine passed this book along to me, knowing that I like to read historical fiction books. Since I haven't read any books during this era I was anxious to read it. However, I found myself really uninterested and disappointed.
This book revolves around Mary Boleyn---"an innocent girl of fourteen" who catches the eye of Henry VIII. Mary finds herself in the center of her families great plan to become part of the royal family. However, each chapter finds the family deeper and deeper into lies, scheming, and betrayal.
While the story itself sounds like a page turner, I found myself reading just to finish the book. Maybe it was the evilness of the family, the length of the book (which was just insanely large considering the story), or poor writing. I just never really got into this book. I'm amazed that it went as far as becoming a movie! Maybe I'll see it, maybe not. At least it would only be 2 hours of my time instead of two weeks!