Michael Ebner – Movie Game

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s been three years since Joe’s father vanished. Now seventeen, he is unaware that government agents are watching him in case his dad makes contact. Joe is too distracted by his secret girlfriend, midnight swims in the pools of strangers, free drinks from his buddies at the movie game and the glamorous college student, Felicity. But his movie-esque existence and addiction to fiction is set to collide with a heavy dose of reality this summer when he discovers everything is not what it seems: his secret girlfriend wants to be the real thing. His college fling may have ulterior motives. And the government agents want co-operation to catch his missing father. All this and the three year old death of Joe’s first girlfriend Alice are going to cause him to face some dark truths.
It’s no longer a movie game. This is his life and he wants to win.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Pen and Picture Publishing

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Laimēju Goodreads izlozē

Vērtējums/Rating: 2/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Pagājuši trīs gadi kopš Džo pirmās draudzenes Alises nāves, un trīs gadi kopš tēva pazušanas. Arī māte drīzāk nav viņa dzīvē nekā ir, un abu attiecības, maigi sakot, ir sliktas. Līdz ar to Džo un viņa māsai Lorenai ir nācies iemācīties izdzīvot un sadzīvot bez vecāku gādības un uzraudzības. Neapskaužama ģimenīte.

Kamēr Lorena ir grāmatu tārps, kura attēlota drusku par lētticīgu, tikmēr Džo savu brīvo laiku to vien dara kā pavada filmu pasaulē. Ja esat vienā kinozālē ir Džo, tad labāk mierīgi baudiet filmu, nevis skaļi gremojot un/vai vēl kaut ko skaļu un kaitinošu, citādi pēc seansa beigām tik mierīgi vairs nebūs.

Tā arī nesapratu, ko tad autors gribējis pateikt ar grāmatu; sižets saķepināts kopā un īsti par neko. FBI aģenti nelikās realistiski un viņu intereses iemesli par Džo tēvu, un viņa nozušanas skaidrojums nepavisam nepārliecināja. Ja jau tik bīstams, varētu gaidīt nopietnāku pieeju. Aprakstā minētā Felicita vispār šķita, kā lieks piedēklis un vien veids, kā pavairot lapaspušu skaitu. Liela daļa citu tēlu arī nav labāki. Tomēr jāatzīst, ka pāris labu pārdomu tomēr raisa.

Filmu spēles aspekts starp Džo un viņa draugiem no visa beigās viens no interesantākajiem aspektiem visā stāstā, vien jāpiebilst, ka šādu filmu/grāmatu nosaukumu piebārstīšana kopumā nesaista, arī šoreiz neliela pārcenšanās.

Vēl: jaukas bija nedaudzās atmiņu nodaļas, mēģinot likt just līdzi galvenajām tēlam.

Diemžēl grāmata lika vilties. Nedaudz jābrīnās, ka iekš Goodreads vēl tik salīdzinoši labs reitings, bet par gaumi jau ne-strīdas.

                                                                                                                                                 

It’s been three years since Alice, Joe’s first girlfriend died, and three years since his dad has disappeared from his life. The mother is more living her own life than caring about him and his sister Loren, meaning they have had to learn to survive on their own. Unenviable family.

While Loren is a book worm and portrayed a bit too gullible, her brother is total movie geek, spending most of his free time in movie world. If you’re in the same projection room with Joe then you better be quiet otherwise after the movie is over it might not be that peacefully for you.

In the end I still don’t understand what the book was about and what the author was trying to tell. The plot more or less not that interesting; one big clump. FBI agents didn’t seem realistic and their reasons to look for Joe’s father didn’t make me believe. If he really was that dangerous, you would expect more serious approach. In the synopsis mentioned Felicity at all seemed like unnecessary appendage and just a tool to add more pages. Most of other characters were not better. Although I have to admit that it does invite few interesting thoughts/reflection.

The movie game between Joe and his friends in the end was one of the few interesting things through the whole book, but I have to add that a heavy use of movie and/or book titles doesn’t appeal to me; this time again a little overdone.

The few flashback chapters, that tried to make you feel compassioned for our main character, were nice.

Unfortunately the book was disappointing. I’m a bit surprised that at Goodreads its rating isn’t worse.

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2 thoughts on “Michael Ebner – Movie Game

  1. I felt about the same way you did on this. Reading ARCs has made me skeptical about relying on goodreads ratings. I know my own can be sporadic, but for just ok books like these, it’s scary how misleading the ratings can be.

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