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3.7 23
Kids Fiction 2911
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Reader reviewed by ReggieWrites

Okay, I have to be honest. . .the only thing great in this book was the
plot. . .it stops there. Don't get me wrong, I hate writing bad
reviews. That's why my lowest rating is going to be a 'D'. No author
deserves an 'F'.

Haddix's writing was the most boring I've read.
It was dull and unexciting. I was snoring by the time I got to page 3.
. . literally. I've looked at what others thought about this book and
surprisingly, Just Ella elicited almost-perfect reviews. Maybe it's just me then.

just couldn't accomplish charismatic writing. Instead, the book ended
up colorless and passive. To get to the point, I was bored out of my
mind. Even though this book was practically lifeless, I persisted in
reading it so that I could have this review done (plus, I hate it when
I don't finish a book).

Ella was practically the only thing in Just Ella that
was great. She was so full of life. I loved her from start to finish
(and Jed also). They made the plot more lively and less boring. Is it
possible to hate the writing but love the characters and the plot?

Bottom Line: I didn't get why people liked this book so much. For me, I
was extremely disappointed with the book, aside from the characters and
the plot. I guess it was just too 'middle-aged' for me. But who knows?
You might like it. Me? Not so much. D

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