Review: Risk by Elana Dykewomon

6373541Risk by Elana Dykewomon
Published: June 1st 2009 by Bywater Books
Details: Paperback, 320 pages
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Risk is a beautifully told story that spans the years from the mid-eighties to the post-9/11 world. Carol is an idealistic, Berkeley-educated, Jewish lesbian living in Oakland, California. Downwardly mobile, the Berkeley grad makes her living by tutoring high school students. Through Carol’s life, Dykewomon explores the changing times and values in America. She contemplates war, class, race, community, love, relationships and change in mythic, historic Berkeley. Whew!

My Review: I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I got it for free and I hadn’t heard a thing about it. However, I must have had some kind of expectations that I was unaware of since I was a little bit disappointed in the end.

The plot is kind of hard to explain because the story takes place over a lot of years, and it seems to jump around a lot. At least it seemed that way to me. I would be reading it and wondering if it was a few days later, a year later, or a few years later.

I don’t really even have much to say about the characters. They were kind of blah. That is the best way to describe them. Even though I was disappointed, confused, and didn’t find the characters that interesting, I just couldn’t give it the two stars I would usually give a book that I thought was just okay. Maybe it deserves three stars and maybe it doesn’t. This was a hard book for me to rate and review. Maybe if you see it for cheap or free you could give it a read and see what you think.

Have you read this book? If you have what did you think of it?

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Risk and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

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