March 5, 2018

Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
When I first heard about this book, I was super excited for it. Gun Love by Jennifer Clement is a coming of age story that centers around a young girl growing up in a world obsessed with guns. Sounds relevant right? The main character Pearl (named for her alabaster skin) lives in a car with her mother in a small trailer park in Florida. We learn about Pearl, her mother, and their neighbors and friends, as Pearl struggles to find herself and learn about the world when her own world is so small.

I have to say I'm very neutral on this book. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I wouldn't reread it, but it also wasn't a waste of time. There wasn't much of a plot, and even what you might call the climax was a disappointment. And as far as a coming of age story goes, I didn't really see any character development with Pearl, who simply just existed. Everything was very flat when it came to her character, and you got more character development and motivation from the minor characters than from her. I did very much enjoy those minor characters, as I think they added a large amount of value, and I loved learning about their personalities and backstories.

One big complaint that I had with this book was that quotes weren't distinguished as quotes. They ran into the normal descriptive paragraphs and it was hard to figure out what was a quote versus what was just descriptive or Pearl's stream of consciousness. Otherwise, the writing was beautiful, detailed, and flowed well, and was a quick read. It was easy to imagine yourself in that Florida trailer park.

I did appreciate that this book talked about the relevant topic of guns, but I wish the overall message had been a little stronger. People in Pearl's life were obsessed with them, whether that meant going out and shooting randomly into a lake at all hours of the day and night, trying to get guns off the street in the name of God, or selling guns across the border. And ultimately, it was a gun that lead to a turning point in Pearl's life. I also liked all the Selena references, and I obviously have to mention that the cover is stunning. 

If you like flowy books with pretty writing and very basic plots, you'd really enjoy this story. If you're looking for something more complex with some action, this might not be your cup of tea. Since to me this was a very middle of the road book, it's getting a very middle of the road rating.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Hogarth for sending me a finished copy of this book! Gun Love by Jennifer Clement releases tomorrow, so if this sounds like something up your alley, be sure to pick up a copy!

13 comments:

Randi @ Kiss Like a Girl said...

It's too bad this book was so disappointing. The cover had such potential.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

At least the cover is inviting ;)

This could have been a really good book, bummer it wasn't fully developed.

DJ Sakata said...

This one would most likely frustrate me - thanx for the review!

Jo Linsdell said...

Shame. Hope your next read is better.

Terrie Arasin said...

Sorry this one didn't work out! Hope your next read is 5 stars!

Tin said...

Too bad you didn't enjoy the book. The book has a great concept though

Cricket said...

I know how it feels to want a book to be good but it just lets you down. Sorry it was a disappointment.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I am sorry this one was a miss for you. I hope your next read is a much better one than this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

Heidi said...

Too bad the character development was just blah. The premise sounded promising!

Book Ink Reviews said...

Sounds like stream of consciousness blended with an intent to make a political point and the author just had a rough time doing it well.

Abominable BookGirl said...

I saw this book and the cover made me want to read it, but I dislike books that are more or less melancholy.

Whispering Stories said...

Shame it wasn't brilliant for you. Love the cover. Great review.

Allie Bock said...

Love the cover. Thanks for your review!