2 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever thought how one action can lead to severe consequences? How about when it affects not only you, but your loved ones? The short suspense novel, The Slippery Slope of Consequences by Nati Carrillo, explores just that.
The Wee family in the town of Happy are fairly well-balanced. Mom and Dad work while their four teenagers go to school. Everyone has their own interests and yet they find time to spend together as a family. One ordinary day, the family goes to buy snacks for movie night. While in the store, teenager Follow finds something that catches his eye. Without giving much thought, he steals that item. Thus, begins the slippery slope of consequences for this family.
The overarching theme of one seemingly small action can lead to dire consequences is portrayed well. Follow did not consider what would happen if he stole and who would ultimately have to pay the price due to him being underage. Not only did it land someone in jail, but it ripped apart their whole family. It’s a theme that I feel strongly about and is extremely relatable to all.
Though fairly edited well, the writing in the text was lacking. The approach, “tell, not show”, led to choppiness and stiffness in both description and dialogue. It also forced the suspenseful aspects to be less than desirable. As a side note, the writing did switch from third-person to second-person as the author gave advice to potential readers.
Characters were one-dimensional and lacking in development. The author did give blanket descriptions of how old everyone was, their interests, and their progress as students and/or employees. However, the characterizations given seemed more of a checklist of traits rather than truly getting to know each character. Due to this, it was challenging to feel any semblance of remorse for the eventual outcomes of Follow’s one action.
There were a couple of plot holes presented within the text. I’m afraid being too specific might lead to spoilers, but, in general, the ending was lacking.
Considering the lack of development in both character and plot, the stiffness in the writing, and the lack of actual suspense, I rate The Slippery Slope of Consequences a 2 out of 4 stars. For those who don’t mind a short read with the writing style, “tell, not show”, may enjoy this one. However, for those who would rather connect with the characters more may want to explore another book.
The Slippery Slope of Consequences
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