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What I feel after reading “Tim Man” is simply: betrayal. This is more a reaction than a review.
I think my expectations got in between this book and me. I was expecting something sweet, melancholic, personal, and raw, but I didn’t get anything of that. I got instead a mix of past and present events with weird dialog structure (there were no “” in the interactions, which confused me heavily), where nothing is connecting the story or the changes in time and voices.
I couldn’t care less about this story. I was not involved nor connected with the characters. Ellis was flat, Annie was flat, Michael was not that flat but still I didn’t care about him. There is an intention of not mentioning the diseases around the title like to keep its taboo and its impact, but I found it as a week attempt to “show and not tell” mechanism. There is supposed to be a lot of tragedy on the story, but for me it was like so “here, now they are dead, cry me a river!” and I am like “why? I don’t even know who they are…”
We have a general point of view from the past and then the present, and then unexpectedly we have parts with “new” points of view. The story is a mess and is full of gaps, gaps not to make you feel desperate or a “good” void like other titles have, but I think this gap made me wonder: where are you getting with this story? I think the purpose of the story was to create this sweet, summer love, full of feelings and wrong decisions that “drove” us to a life of misery… but I T D I D N ‘ T WORK.
What we know about the characters is the minimum, a glimpse of what they are and were, but not enough for you to create a clear image of their existence.
I am a sucker for this stories and this one was just… plain, boring, disorganized, and a waste of potential.
BTW: I didn’t get why the book is call “Tin Man”… so if anybody cares to illustrate this for me, I will appreciate it 😀
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