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Friday, July 9, 2010

Verisimilitude by Heather Beck

Verisimilitude by Heather Beck
Publisher: Syren Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (13 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Jill always needs to know everything, so when suspicions arise about her boyfriend’s faithfulness, she takes control of the situation. Creating an intricate plan which involves their friends, Jill lies and deceives. When her ploy is discovered in the most humiliating way, she is forced to realize that her need for absolute certainty only results in loss.

Verisimilitude by Heather Beck is a cute little short story. I liked this line from the beginning: Such a crucial element can’t be wholly dependent upon chance, she thought. I’m my own lady luck. This line seems to set up personal responsibility, but this is not a characteristic the heroine will demonstrate later, not until the very end, and then it’s only a realization.

It’s a tale with a lesson to be learned, and the situation set up with the main characters was interesting. The suspense was set up early, and I read, wanting to know what was going to happen with these scheming young women.

Jill is dating Jack and has her doubts about him; not about the two of them as a couple, but rather about his honesty. Is he cheating on her? A plan to test him is devised. Jill and her friend create this test. They come across as quite the drama queens in doing so, real troublemakers. Well, conflict does create interest in stories, but in this case it did nothing to make me like the characters.

Reading this, I was convinced it was a YA story, with middle-schoolers or possibly high school girls as the main characters. I was surprised to find out that they were a little older when college was mentioned.

The situation will make a reader wonder what’s going to happen and if the plan will backfire. Also, is Jack innocent? I wanted to know.

However, the story was often vague with lots of telling instead of showing, and the head hopping was distracting at times.

Jack, the hero, was likeable enough for what little I read about him, and I ended up sympathizing with him over everyone else. One thing made his characterization a little off though: he asked why everything had to be black or white when grey existed, yet, when Jill's stunt comes to light he acts in a way that is contrary to that belief. A true contradiction of the sentiment he expressed.

I really liked Jill’s realization at the end. A good lesson was learned, and the last line was great. I’d recommend this story to younger readers who are in the mood for a quick, fun read.