Official Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences

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Official Review: The Slippery Slope of Consequences

Post by hsimone » 25 Oct 2018, 18:48

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Slippery Slope of Consequences" by Nati Carrillo.]
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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.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 27 Oct 2018, 00:46

I was intrigued by the premise of this novel. This had a lot of potential and deft handling of the subject matter could have resulted in a masterpiece. Sadly, this is not the case here. I am an advocate for the "show, not tell" approach and hence, will pass this one. Thanks for the review.

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Post by fredrick otieno » 27 Oct 2018, 07:40

I like reading a book where characters are active and living, but when i am just told what they do, i may just get bored quickly. This is not the kind of book i would rush to read.

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Post by hsimone » 27 Oct 2018, 07:55

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
27 Oct 2018, 00:46
I was intrigued by the premise of this novel. This had a lot of potential and deft handling of the subject matter could have resulted in a masterpiece. Sadly, this is not the case here. I am an advocate for the "show, not tell" approach and hence, will pass this one. Thanks for the review.
The premise is definitely intriguing, but I also feel the "show, don't tell" writing style is the way to make readers feel and appreciate the characters, plot, and themes more. Thank you for your thoughts. :)
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Post by hsimone » 27 Oct 2018, 07:58

fredrick otieno wrote:
27 Oct 2018, 07:40
I like reading a book where characters are active and living, but when i am just told what they do, i may just get bored quickly. This is not the kind of book i would rush to read.
Yes, I agree with your thoughts. Thank you for stopping by! :tiphat:
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Post by Bianka Walter » 27 Oct 2018, 16:00

This is actually a very cool concept. The thought of a real-time butterfly effect is a great premise. And you're right, it is a theme that everyone can relate to. What a pity the plot and characters fell flat.
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Post by Caylie_Cat » 27 Oct 2018, 22:09

I find the topic suggested by the title of this book to be a matter that I frequently ponder, and think it is an important concept for every human being to explore. It is a shame that the writing-style did not make for a comfortable read, as that is the main reason people read for pleasure. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 29 Oct 2018, 09:08

It seems that this could be a good book for older children to understand that there are consequences to their actions. However, it's not written in such a way as to really be of use. It sounds like it needs a bit of reworking. Thanks for the review, but I'm skipping this one.
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Post by writer808 » 29 Oct 2018, 11:06

this book seems similar to the novels that we read in early classes.Brings back memories.

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