Year 7, Book 75

75. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
This book has gotten so many rave reviews that I was a little disappointed at how little I liked it. The book takes place at a small mid-Western college, but like too many high minded novels it wants college to be something that at least to me it just wasn’t. I couldn’t identify the characters as acting in any way recognizably as college students either those that I went to school with 15 years ago or those I currently see as a librarian at a university. That was my first and probably biggest issue with the book, but ultimately reading it just felt tedious to me. I didn’t really care about any of the characters or the self-involved, self-pitying ways they all seemed to go through their lives. I give it a 4 out of 10.

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