The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey (eArc Review)

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count
: 320

**I was provided with an eArc by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

You know that I don’t like giving books a low rating, but I guess no one actually ever likes that. I have the unmistakable feeling that this would have been an even worse experience if I hadn’t buddy read it with Cristina (read her review HERE) and Cátia. Let me explain why I was so disappointed!

When I read the premise of this book, I thought it sounded promising, like an emotional contemporary that we would surely enjoy reading together. Well, it was not and I simply didn’t understand why it wasn’t working for me! Right from the beginning here was a big disconnect with the main character John. I’ve read my fair share of angry teen voices, but he just constantly got mad at things and people for no apparent reason. There were many who genuinely tried to help him, or simply did their job, yet he always felt like a charity case and would lash out. Misunderstood teen or not, I have a real problem with people who refuse to accept help or just simple kindness for no other reason than to keep wallowing in their fortress of misery. It’s not a weakness, it’s nothing to be ashamed of! We all need help sometimes. And still, even after pushing away basically all the people in his life, he still kept inspiring loyalty in everyone he met. I just didn’t understand it!

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In addition to that, John was a very unreliable narrator, but again, for no apparent reason. He stated something in one chapter, just to say something entirely contradictory a few pages later. It confused me so much that I still don’t know what exactly happened during one of the main key events of the entire story. He was prone to taking drugs and drinking alcohol, which weirdly was never really condemned in the book except when he had to take mandatory drug tests, but I don’t think those were the reasons behind his volatile narration. Also, the timeline didn’t really make sense to me. There were too many gaps and oversights.

I wish that some of the other characters could have made up for the lack of likability in John, but that wasn’t the case either. Emily, his love interest, was an odd mix of personalities that made it difficult to figure her out and relate to her. His parents were negligent and/or absent, sometimes for reasons but not always very good ones. Only his little sister was bearable, but lets face it, kids up to the age of ten are mostly cute.

I am afraid it all boils down to me being very sorry, but saying that it wasn’t for me. The pacing was off, the narration repetitive and at times boring. Maybe it would work better for other people, you can surely try if you think that it might, but it is not my recommendation.

Fazit: 1/5 stars! I did not get anything from that book at all.

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What was your last most disappointing read? Let’s talk about it!

22 thoughts on “The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey (eArc Review)

  1. Thoroughly and respectfully handled. Reading a 1-star book is difficult, but reviewing one coherently is just as hard, I would imagine. When I used to review movies, giving poorer films a fair shake when assessing them was challenging, to say the least. Well handled, Kat! Great review.

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      • In private I have no qualms about trashing poor movies, but when it comes to putting something out online, I’m with you in that respect is important. I aim to publish my own work some day, and seeing somebody rip it apart for fun would be disheartening, I would think. There are always exceptions, of course, like if a critic’s niche is to be humorous/provocative. I think the way you handle it is best though!

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      • Oh definitely! In private I can be a lot more bashful too, but as you said, if I were to put my work out there, I wouldn’t want people to tear it apart just because they can. I want to know why they didn’t like it, hoping that I will one day be able to work with that information for future projects even.

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  2. Ahh that’s a real shame about this book- and I do understand what you mean about giving books a low rating, but I don’t like reading books I don’t enjoy… Plus I figure most of my ratings are on a scale- and if I’m gonna give 5* ratings for books I absolutely loved, I have to be prepared to give 1* to books I hate (although I try to reserve 0-1* for books I genuinely dislike and got nothing out of) great review- sorry for rambling!

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    • You weren’t rambling, I totally got what you meant. I think this is still the first 1-star-review I gave since I turned my blog into a book blog. It’s a shame, because I respect the work the author put into the story, but I can’t help it if the story neither made sense nor had other enjoyable qualities 😦

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  3. I’m still not over the disappointment that What Pretty Girls Are Made Of was… I’m sorry to hear this book was not for you. From the points you made, I have the feeling I would not enjoy it either. I hate it when a main character is mean or angry for no apparent reason and stays within his circle of despair or hurt just for the sake of it. Great and honest review 🙂

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    • I am glad you found this review to be honest. I have difficulties expressing myself when it comes to the books I didn’t like, but I cannot recommend such reads with a good conscious. That would go against my beliefs for what this blog is supposed to be. At the same time, I don’t want to disrespect the author, because it was still a lot of work they put into their story.

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      • I find my rants and not-so-good reviews easier to write because I can tell exactly what was wrong, but it’s hard sometimes to find the balance between what you felt and keep the respect for the author. You did great 🙂

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