Mona in Three Acts by Griet Op de Beeck
ebook, 448 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by AmazonCrossing
About the Book:
Mona’s demanding mother ruled their home until a car crash took her life and changed their family forever. Left to tend to a distant father and a needy younger brother, Mona finds her new role almost too much to bear. And when a new stepmother, troubled and depressed, adds yet another crack to the family portrait, Mona’s forced to shoulder an even greater share of the emotional burden. Somewhere between her responsibility to her family and to her own life, Mona finds a route of escape: in a theater career she craves. But for every challenge ahead—romantic, professional, sexual, and familial—Mona wonders how much of her future has already been defined by the challenges of her past.
I really enjoyed the first act of Mona's life but once she grew up her life, and the book, became quite boring and mundane. The story felt like it was written by a first time author who had trouble with the plot, and it was lacking in character development.
Mona leads an uninteresting life of neglect not only by herself but also by those around her. The story was trite and uninteresting - an amateurish and then script, with pointless details of every action, that meant nothing.
Maybe it was in the translation but Mona in Three Acts gets the prize for pedestrian writing . The events are banal. I have never plodded through a book like this one, I almost gave up at one point....it gets the prize for prosaic writing. I only liked one third of the book, so it gets one third of five stars...1.65 Stars.
Thank you NetGalley, Griet Op de Beeck and AmazonCrossing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.