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Book Review - The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

I absolutely loved this book. It's horribly realistic in many ways. The reflection of society is uncanny. The characters are all well-rounded, giving everyone atleast one to relate to. Rowling did not fail in her return to the literature world. She proves, again, to be a flawless author that truly understands struggle and can take on multiple perspectives in a single novel.

I especially admired the way that single chapters transitioned between characters. I felt that this must have been difficult to incorporate but seemed effortless.

At first I had a hard time getting all of the characters straight but that is a given in any novel with such a large cast.

This is not a book of frilly romance or filler plots but is intended for an audience that wants their literature to mean something and reflect the real world.

I have a hard time understanding how others were supposedly reading this same book and found it boring, unimaginative, or slow. I assume these individuals are not avid readers and look just for the thrill and the direct "murder-mystery-type" suspense that was often common to the Potter series.

It's no magical adventure but still has the magical eloquence in writing style and how easily the words seem to flow on the pages.