Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review - Too Late

Too Late
by Sara Loitz
Date: 2018
Publisher: East of the Web
Reading level: A
Book type: short story
Pages: 2
Format: e-book

"That tree," he says. "It's looking at me."

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is actually, surprisingly, pretty good. When you're dealing with something this short, it can be tricky; the writing needs to be really tight to convey enough to make it a story. There needs to be either plot or character development. While many two-page stories might come off as little more than a premise, this one actually worked as a story, perhaps because of the passage of time.

The writing is kind of nice, too, with lovely descriptions. The tree is creepy, and is kind of a stalker. (But that's kind of the point.)

So this was a pleasant surprise. It's too bad the author hasn't written anything else yet, because I wouldn't mind trying something of hers that's a little longer.

Quotable moment:

I am eighteen, curled up on my bed with my last high school yearbook, when the tree finally speaks.

"Lily," it rasps. Its voice sounds like the bottom of a canoe scraping over gravel. "Lily, you're going to college soon."

"Yes," I reply. "And good riddance. I'm tired of living next to a peeper."

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Pace: 4/5
Writing & Editing: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall Rating: 3.57 out of 5 ladybugs

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