Review: Sabrina’s Window by Al Riske

Sabrina’s Window

by Al Riske
Editions: paperback
Expected publication: May 15th 2012 by Luminis Books
Source: netgalley
On a chilly morning in Taos, New Mexico, a 17-year-old paperboy breaks the window of a 31-year-old hair stylist – an accident that marks the beginning of an instant, inexplicable bond between them. In the course of one high-desert summer, Joshua and Sabrina share confidences, intercede in each other’s love lives, go on a date that scandalizes the town, and confront questions of fidelity, desire, and the nature of love.
~ Goodreads blurb

You know those reads that make your interest go up and down? This was one of those for me. I had moments when I was really interested in what was going on, moments when I was lost, moments when I was almost not caring. Odd reading experience.

The story looked like a very promising one. I love books that focus on young adult guys as well as girls, and here we have a young adult guy of 17 interacting with a grown woman a lot. I liked that contrast, the differences between them made their chemistry really interesting. I was thinking, guilty mind that I have, that this would be a rare scenario of younger guy meets mature woman, and not just as friends. I’m not suggesting corrupting minors here, but, you know, a romantic-ish hue to the story. I kept waiting for that to happen like half of the read, and as it didn’t other things started going on that got my interest.

Some of the characters were a big question mark for me. Like Ronnie, I didn’t get her at all. What was her porpoise in regards to Joshua’s development? Maybe her role was that of the question mark, I mean that’s what she was for me anyway. I didn’t really get this read, I think this is the issue. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. I just didn’t really get it.
Despite that fact, I went on reading it, curious about this character or that, this idea or that. The series of events were interesting to me, and Sabrina was really what kept me interested enough to keep going. She made sense to me, I got what was going on with her, what was her deal. So I did get some things, but the overall, not so much.

The writing was nice, I mean it was a nice ride though I didn’t get anywhere really myself. The ending there felt a bit abrupt, probably yet another aspect of me not getting the novel in the end. It didn’t click, though I was laughing here and there, getting curious here and there. But it had a lot of potential, and maybe you guys will have a better reading experience.

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