Another short review. Sorry guys! I have more hefty ones coming up as soon as this week is over--each review is over a page or so on Words (single spaced)
Five Minutes More by Darlene Ryan (April 1st 2009—Orca)
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “D’Arcy’s desperately wants her father’s death to have been an accident. Then she learns the truth. Why would her father choose suicide? Why didn’t she see the signs? How will she manage alone? Then D’Arcy becomes friends with Seth. Now will things get back to normal or will she have to call on strengths she didn’t know she had to make a new kind of normal, five minutes at a time?”
Review: Five Minutes More captured the essence of emotional detachment. The theory that repeating your mantra “just 5 minutes more” will and shall overcome all. I kept repeating to myself, just 5 minutes more then I will go to sleep, just 5 minutes more then I will go start my homework. The 5 minutes turned into an hour until at last, I finished the book.
I loved how the book was divided into multiple sections—the fall season and the winter season and spring. It separated the story in lined with the stages of grief—shock, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, depression, and at last acceptance/hope. Each new emotion author Darlene Ryan goes out and beyond to convey. Painstaking care and love for the actions that D’Arcy displays. Five Minutes More definitely takes the reader onto a roller coaster of emotions.
However I have some issues about this book. I kind of felt that some scenes were a bit extreme and unrealistic. She blew it out of proportion and tried to create a fiasco—where it left me cringing. The ending needed something more. It seemed to be a synopsis of an ending rather than the ending at all—short, brief, and unemotional, which for this type of book, does not flow right.
Overall: My review is slightly general of the book. I read this book a few weeks back, and with school and all, practically forgot almost all the little details. I remember the general sense of what I liked and what I did not like, but nothing else. So Five Minutes More was a decent read but nothing exceptional.
I think I can see up the girl’s nostrils…opps! TMI
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