Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I recently read Barracuda, which I received complimentary via Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

This book is about a boy who is a really accomplished swimmer from Australia. He's started attending a prestigious school to work on his swimming, although his family is not as wealthy as the other kids there and this is a struggle for him. The books also jumps to a more present day when he's no longer swimming. He alludes that something bad happened and that's why he stopped.

This book was really interesting at first. I was absolutely loving it. The story was intriguing and I really wanted to know what happened; I could hardly put it down

And then I kept reading and I was finding out nothing. As the story went on I found myself wondering what I was even reading about. I started to get very lost about the direction the story was headed and what one event had to do with another. He seemed to become increasingly angry, but the book seemed very flat otherwise. It didn't seem to climax.

Normally I enjoy books that jump around between past and present day. It's interesting to see how the two link up. In this book, however, it was confusing how the different time periods had anything to do with one another. Aside from talking about swimming and how he used to swim, the present day main character seemed to have nothing in common with the younger version. He kept alluding to a tragic event that caused him to stop swimming, but I never felt like I was getting any closer to finding out what it was.

I did not find the main character very likeable by the time I was a quarter or so through the book. He seemed very aggressive, disrespectful, and insecure, but not in a way that made me feel sorry for him.

 In the end I put the book down all together without finishing. I'm an avid reader, but this book was not doing it for me. It started out good, but it wasn't enough to keep me interested and no matter how hard I tried I could not force myself to finish this book.

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