The Chance

Kingsbury, Karen. The Chance. New York: Howard Books, 2013.

chanceEllie 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.

“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


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