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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

What We've Lost Is Nothing: A Novel

What We've Lost is Nothing - Rachel Louise Snyder The author of this book, Rachel Louise Snyder, is a fantastic non-fiction writer. She maintains a near-perfect five-star rating on her book about denim, she’s won awards for her journalism, and her articles in The New Yorker are nothing short of impressive. Sadly, this success didn’t carry over to her fictional story.

Oh man—this has potential, but is perhaps overreaching. As other reviewers have noted, it borders on preaching or excessive characterization. I would have loved to read Ms. Snyder’s report on an incident like this with just the facts, and not trying to create the fictional characters.

And I’ll admit, my galley review copy (thanks to Scribner for providing me an early copy) was pretty rough (capitalization and grammar issues abound). Looking at the preview on Amazon, it looks 100 times better. Having such flaws definitely tainted my impression—but still, the content wasn’t as sharp and biting as the description leads us to believe.