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Official Review: Pearadigm Shift by JK Purdy

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Official Review: Pearadigm Shift by JK Purdy

Post Number:#1 by bookowlie
» 15 Jun 2017, 11:00

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Pearadigm Shift" by JK Purdy.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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JK Purdy’s Pearadigm Shift (yes, Pearadigm…it’s not a typo) focuses on a woman who is at a crossroads in her life. It can be categorized in the General Fiction genre. After Jenna’s “perfect” marriage implodes, she decides to drive from Denver to California to re-group and visit an acquaintance. Along the way, she gets stranded in Backwater, a small town in Idaho. As her spirit slowly rejuvenates, Jenna learns of a possible corruption scandal involving the local government.

The book gets off to an uninspiring start with an all-too-typical theme in the chick lit genre – a happy marriage that is ripped apart by infidelity. The main character finds her husband Ethan in bed with her best friend Lyndsey, although the red flags pop up shortly before the discovery.

Pretty much every plotline in the early sections of the story feels rushed. When they arrive home from a vacation, Ethan surprises Jenna with a townhouse he bought for them; she responds by immediately fleeing to her best friend’s apartment to stay overnight. After discovering her husband’s unfaithfulness, she quickly packs her bags and begins driving to California, without any thought of an impending project deadline or even calling her boss. The California destination is also an impulsive decision - Jenna has always wanted to visit the state and knows an acquaintance there. My eyes were rolling as I read this passage, particularly considering she was bringing her dog along.

Fortunately, I enjoyed the story once the setting changes to Backwater. The vivid descriptions made me feel as if I was transported to this tiny town of friendly people and community gatherings. The locals are well drawn with interesting backstories. I particularly liked Marci, the coffee shop owner/history buff who gives the coffee drinks unique names based on historical events. In contrast, the Denver characters feel one-dimensional. Ethan and Lyndsey’s affair seems like it came out of nowhere. It is an awkward plot device designed to get our plucky Jenna on the road, as opposed to a romance or even lust that had been simmering for a while.

Although the book is generally well written, there are at least five noticeable errors, including missing words – for example, “he also Jenna to work with him” and “it will a few days.” An extra round of editing was needed here.

I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the aforementioned issues, I became absorbed in the story after the beginning chapters. Most of the characters are interesting and relatable, and I absolutely loved the setting. I would recommend this story to readers who enjoy chick-lit and light beach-style reads. The good news is that the author plans to write another book set in Backwater.

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Re: Official Review: Pearadigm Shift by JK Purdy

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 16 Jun 2017, 10:36

A possible corruption, betrayal, life lessons and a plucky heroine? Sounds interesting. Too bad about the uninspiring start and the other issues, though. I don't think it is for me, but I am glad you enjoyed after the slow start.
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Re: Official Review: Pearadigm Shift by JK Purdy

Post Number:#3 by bookowlie
» 16 Jun 2017, 10:42

Thanks Gali! The book turned out to be more interesting than I expected.
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Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 16 Jun 2017, 10:46

It's too bad that the beginning is so rushed, however I'm glad you enjoyed it once you were past that. It doesn't sound like something I would enjoy, but I appreciated reading your review. Thanks.
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Post Number:#5 by Brown ogbuwa
» 16 Jun 2017, 11:32

It is a nice books but The beginning was not well explained or stated
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Re: Official Review: Pearadigm Shift by JK Purdy

Post Number:#6 by bookowlie
» 16 Jun 2017, 11:38

kandscreeley wrote:It's too bad that the beginning is so rushed, however I'm glad you enjoyed it once you were past that. It doesn't sound like something I would enjoy, but I appreciated reading your review. Thanks.


Thanks Kandscreeley. I was surprised that I wound up liking the book so much, since the beginning plot points were so abrupt that my head was spinning.
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Post Number:#7 by Chrys Brobbey
» 16 Jun 2017, 13:12

So what does the 'Pearadigm' mean? Was it explained in the book, or is it the name of someone or a place? Marital infidelity is all too often the theme for stories, like this one. I hope there was a happy ending for Jenna after her betrayal by her husband and best friend. Thanks for a good review.
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Post Number:#8 by kina
» 16 Jun 2017, 18:40

I have to admit the title drew me to this review and the book. It's an unusual pun, though I wonder how it actually relates to the plot? I do hope there's more to Jenna, her husband, and friend and it doesn't end on a typical chick lit route of them "getting what's coming" without any real resolution between Jenna and them. The corruption scandal in the local government sounds interesting, so I hope that plays a larger role and isn't just background for some romance in the town Jenna ends up in. Besides that, it sounds like a good, quick read and I might check it out anyway.
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Post Number:#9 by John Cand
» 16 Jun 2017, 19:08

wow, nice review. The author was very creative with that pearadigm picture.
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Post Number:#10 by Jaime Lync
» 16 Jun 2017, 19:45

John Cand wrote:wow, nice review. The author was very creative with that pearadigm picture.


I have to agree with John. This is a really great review and the Pearadigm is very eye catching.
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Re: Official Review: Pearadigm Shift by JK Purdy

Post Number:#11 by bookowlie
» 16 Jun 2017, 20:15

Chrys Brobbey wrote:So what does the 'Pearadigm' mean? Was it explained in the book, or is it the name of someone or a place? Marital infidelity is all too often the theme for stories, like this one. I hope there was a happy ending for Jenna after her betrayal by her husband and best friend. Thanks for a good review.


I don't want to give too much away, but there is a backstory involving a pear at a supporting character's farm. The author appears to have used this word to create a clever play on words to reflect Jenna's life changing during the story.

-- 16 Jun 2017, 21:18 --

kina wrote:I have to admit the title drew me to this review and the book. It's an unusual pun, though I wonder how it actually relates to the plot? I do hope there's more to Jenna, her husband, and friend and it doesn't end on a typical chick lit route of them "getting what's coming" without any real resolution between Jenna and them. The corruption scandal in the local government sounds interesting, so I hope that plays a larger role and isn't just background for some romance in the town Jenna ends up in. Besides that, it sounds like a good, quick read and I might check it out anyway.


Actually, the romance angle becomes less important as the story progresses.

-- 16 Jun 2017, 21:24 --

Thanks John Cand and Jaime Lync for the feedback. The interesting title and cover is what initially drew me to the book.
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Post Number:#12 by binnaomi
» 17 Jun 2017, 02:29

other than the omission and a rushy start the author is witty and creative
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Post Number:#13 by realwriter
» 17 Jun 2017, 02:46

i enjoy such genres. i think the book is okay, however, the author should be a bit more careful not to rush so much, i recommend taking the readers step by step,
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Post Number:#14 by Echereodo victor
» 17 Jun 2017, 06:15

Nice and creative write up.
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Post Number:#15 by Rosemary Okoko
» 17 Jun 2017, 06:42

Thanks for giving us a clue on what pearadigm means without giving away too much. Nice review.
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