Final Rating: 3 1/2 cups of bittersweet tea.
It took me three days to read all 503 pages of this book, and I’m still not entirely sure why I did it.
From a technical standpoint, there can be no argument that Rowling is still excellent. She creates scenes, characters, and dialogue that are engaging and keep the reader interested. I didn’t even mind that she’d dared to tread the dangerous waters of writing out accents phonetically–a faux pas which, generally speaking, most authors have neither the skill nor the popularity to get away with. I’m not shy about DNFing a thing if I find it dull, especially if the plot or characters disagree with me.
Still, all throughout my time with The Casual Vacancy, I kept asking myself the same question over and over: What is the point of this book? I devoured page after page, ever hopeful that maybe in the next chapter, all would be revealed and I could finally understand what Rowling’s message was. Maybe in the next chapter, I’ll figure out what it is this book is trying to tell me. Maybe in the next part, it’ll all be made clear.