This was one of the longest books I have ever read, and I actually didn’t think I would make it through the whole thing at first. This was a good book, but it wasn’t spectacular.
I actually have different opinions for each section of the book, the beginning, the middle, and the end. The beginning was good but not great, boring at times but had some really good moments (ex. Finney’s entrance into heaven is a very memorable scene), the middle was only okay for the most part, and the end was great (starting with Jake giving a school teacher a piece of his mind). This book means it when it was made for adults. This book deals very heavily on premarital sex, abortion, and even has some pretty intense violence. This is a Christian book so it had some great character development throughout but still had a few loose ends Randy didn’t bother to tie up and seemed like he tried rushing through a few bits.
For instance, Jake’s daughter ends up getting HIV and Randy keeps hovering the fact that she may die over our heads. At the end of the book, Randy rushes the fact by saying “the doctor said the HIV had not made any effects at the time”, AT THE TIME he said. Okay…does she eventually die? This weird ending kinda thrust us into a guessing game. I could be wrong, there ARE sequels to this book but they’re all centered around different characters that had very minor roles in this one.
Anyway, I think this book went to into Jake’s job at the Trib, though part of the plot is there, they spent too much time centered around that part of the character’s life that could’ve really been shorter. As a matter of fact, the whole book could’ve been shorter but chose not to.
Besides the HIV thing, the book did wrap up real well. I’m not one to reveal a lot of spoilers here so I won’t say much of what happens, but it IS a worthy read if you’ve got time. It’s a book that IS hard to put down I’ll tell you that, and I’ve running into those a lot (and jeopardizing a lot of school tests here). Still, it is a good book, not great, but good. I noticed that when Finney is in heaven there’s not one description that says the streets were made of gold, and isn’t that what the Bible said?
Anyway, 3.5/5 stars.