This is more of a rambling of my thoughts than a full-fledged discussion post! You’ve been warned.
As my superior art skills show, I wasn’t too impressed with That Night, a novel that sounded great, but ended up being more about the author’s love of Orange is the New Black (HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW SEASON YET???) and had my eyes rolling on every page. In last week’s wrap-up I mentioned how the publicist got in touch with me after my review went live and we talked about that book for a bit. She then mentioned how Chevy’s latest was way better and kindly sent one my way.
I’ve been drawn into a great premise before, only to be horribly let down (hello, Matthew Pearl) so naturally I was a little hesitant, but I decided to trust this publicist (she’s introduced me to some AMAZING books) and, you know what? I’m really enjoying Those Girls!
So that led me to wonder: do you ever give an author a second chance? Last June I read Sarah Jio’s Goodnight June and thought it was awful. Later in the year I received a copy of The Look of Love and, while I haven’t been transformed into a Jio fan, I thought it was leagues better than my first experience. While I highly doubt I’ll read another Jio, I was pleasantly surprised by the difference between the two novels and was glad I gave her a second chance.
What makes you give an author another shot? An interesting premise? Praise from a trusted blogger? Sheer optimism?