Kiese Laymon: Long Division

Well, that took a lot longer than I thought it would.

Have you ever read a book that seems to be getting a lot of praise and talk about how good it is and then, once you’ve finished the book and are unimpressed, feel like you’re missing out on some secret everyone else is in on but you? That’s how I feel about Long Division. I really wanted to like this book, but it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The second half was much more interesting than the first, I must say, and maybe I need to reread the first half to connect the two stories, but I don’t really want to. It just didn’t do it for me.

The second half of the book, which is technically a separate story, kept my attention. The time travel, finding out how Baize Shephard went missing, and the dialogue was much more entertaining than whatever happened in the first half of the book. Even 1985 City was more interesting than 2013 City, though I still wasn’t able to connect them to each other between the stories. Maybe I need someone to explain it better and make it make sense. Also, because I wasn’t entirely engaged and it took me so long to read through it, I likely lost the connection because I couldn’t remember much about the first half besides City and Lavander hating and loving each other.

I really wanted to have fascinating things to say about this book. I wanted to enjoy it. It took me three months to get through it, though, and that is incredibly obnoxious to me. Maybe one day I will read it over again and it’ll all make sense. In the meantime, I’m looking for my next read. There are a couple of books on my shelf that I need to finish, but they don’t fit my current reading mood. I can’t quite describe my current reading mood except that it is feminine and adventurous. If you have suggestions to fit that description, I’d be happy to look into them. Bonus points if I can access them on Overdrive as I’m not purchasing any more books until I have the shelf space for them (that’s the plan anyway).

What book(s) have you started this year? What are you looking forward to reading next? let me know!

Happy reading!

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