Monday, January 23, 2012

Blank Slate Kate, by Heather Wardell

Kate wakes up with her memory ending when she is 17, without a clue what is going on, and in a stranger's apartment.  It becomes clear that Kate is not actually 17, but is in fact suffering memory loss.  The stranger quickly becomes a friend, as he tries to help her figure out who she is.  Just when it seems their friendship may become more, they receive word that Kate is actually Donna, and her husband has tracked her down.  Now Kate/Donna must try to unravel the rest of the mystery and figure out where she goes from here.

Having read quite a few books by this author, I felt like this book took on a very different feel from her previous work.  Character development was handled a bit differently, and I would think this was purposeful in order to keep with the feeling of self discovery.  How can Kate's character be fully developed when she herself has no clue who she is?  We learn snippits of information about her, because that is all she is learning as well.  In some ways, this is confusing and frustrating, but really, that is what draws us to Kate as a character; we are feeling the same confusion she is.

I actually quite liked the slightly stormy storyline.  I liked watching Kate wrestle with her identity as Donna.  I was quite surprised with the choices Kate made in terms of her romantic attachment, I really did not think it was going to go that way.  All in all, a solid story, and most fans of Wardell, or chick lit in general, will like the book.  I think they key to really enjoying the book is understanding the mental state of the main character, and the fact that the story is unfolding from her point of view.  Push through the confusion, the resolution is worth it.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author as part of a blog tour.  See full tour info here.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Tiffany! I really appreciate your clear and insightful review. Yes, the character development is intentionally different, and I'm glad it mostly worked for you. :)