The Painted Girls: A Novel

The Painted Girls: A Novel - Cathy Marie Buchanan What the....What...

I just.....

I have no words.

Actually, I have words. A lot of them.

This book was a big mess. Marie was kind of bland. Antoinette was the only interesting character but her compulsive lying, her being so dependent on Emile, her refusal to see the truth about Emile, just irritated me. Charlotte and every other character were lifeless, like paper dolls, and served no purpose in the story. Actually, come to think of it, there was no story. There was no plot. The characters just wandered aimlessly through life. It was just really boring. And depressing, seeing as both Marie and Antoinette were doomed from the start. The POV switches were unnecessary. Focusing on just Marie's story or just Antoinette's story (the latter was more interesting and had more potential) would have been better. More room for, among other things, character development that way.

The writing itself was the saving grace of the book; it was easy to read and I didn't have to force myself to read. And the author did a good job of portraying the society of 19th century Paris.

Some mature content. Better suited for older teens and adults.

This was not a good book. I do not recommend.

And it's a shame, as I was so looking forward to The Painted Girls.