-- Reformatting to new design --Author: Gregg Olsen
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Read in: 5 days
Envy is about two twin Nancy-Drew-modeled twins who try to solve the mystery of their once-close, now-dead friend, Katelyn Berkeley This troubled teen died a sad and very tragic “accidental” death. Death by what, you ask? Death by espresso machine. If that’s not creative, then ... we don’t know what is. (Not really a spoiler. Promise.) We thought the plot was most definitely original. Two crime-solving twins? O-R-I-G-I-N-A-L.
While the plot had so much potential, the characters did NOT. They were SO underdeveloped that we didn't really get and real back-stories for them. As a result, we felt as if most of them were complaining half the time. We didn’t feel for them. Normally we’d say, “Yay! Girl Power” and all that jazz. Instead, we found ourselves saying “Suck it up!”, “Who cares?”, and “STOP COMPLAINING”.
In addition to this “spice”, we’d just like to add a laugh or too! A text message from Envy.
“Not @ all!!! DZ sound pervy 2 wotch som 1 ... N I 100% mean dat in a ryt way - I wud just ask u out.”
If you were unable to decipher this “text message,” fear not! We and our good friend, Webster’s Dictionary, have determined this to be Morse code. Someone, anyone we beg of you, please shows us a teenager who texts like this, (This coming from two teenagers, themselves. Who speak ENGLISH, a language a majority of the book was written in besides those few select “text messages”.).
We are not fans of writing bad reviews. Our policy? If you have nothing nice to say, keep it short and to the point. Which is clearly what Olsen did when writing this book. Minus the short part. 49 chapters! Is an extremely unattractive length for a novel. We couldn't allow any of our fellow book lovers to suffer the horrible fate we did... Anyhow, we absolutely found Envy irritating. What was supposed to be a “cliffhanger” ended up being a cliff-runner. Runner, as in run the plot over with a stampede of elephants! This book did not in any way depict the amazing generation of teenagers, rather - it mocked it. MAJOR mistake on Olsen’s part considering the audience you’re targeting are young adults. A.k.a, teenagers? Research is fundamental, our dear friends!