Kingsbury, Karen. The Chance. New York: Howard Books, 2013.
Ellie and Nolan, childhood friends about to be separated by Ellie’s move to San Diego, plan a reunion to occur in eleven years. Ellie and Nolan bury a tackle box with letters revealing their unspoken feelings; due to unexpected circumstances, the friends remain separated for the full eleven years. The novel progresses to answering the question of if the planned reunion will occur.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
“The Chance” proves to be a stereotypical Karen Kingsbury novel. Kingsbury’s work in “The Chance” is reminiscent of the Bailey Flanigan Series; while the storyline is different, the outcome is predictable. “The Chance” provides readers with an unrealistic series of events and a few too many coincidental happenings. To Kingsbury’s credit, the novel holds readers’ attention. However, due to characters lacking complexity and dimension, the reader is left desiring a more relatable novel.
MY RATING: 2.5 (out of 5) pennies