The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
This book was educational – I learned a lot about the dictatorial history of the Dominican Republic – but it wasn’t really all that compelling. It was exciting enough that I was pulled through it in less than a week, but I had no real relish in picking it up or even finishing it. I spent most of the time trying to figure out who the narrator was and why the style kept jumping all over the place. The high energy is the common thread, not the actual subject matter, which keeps this book from being truly great. Is it really a curse if you’re dumb enough to pursue a woman who’s engaged to a crooked cop? I guess it is for a nerd who can’t get a girlfriend. This book gets an extra half star for teaching me about Dominican history.