Beauty Sleeping by Farha Hasan
I received a copy in exchange for a fair review from Weapenry Co-Op via Netgalley.
I am sorry to say that I DNF at 30%. I don’t particularly like to do that, especially from Netgalley. But I just couldn’t do it anymore
Beauty Sleeping is the first installment to the Make A Wish series by Hasan and is retelling inspired by Sleeping Beauty. I honestly don’t exactly know what is even going on in this book. From what I could tell there is a girl in a coma that can float around and see what is going on in other people’s lives.
Plot: Like I said, I have no idea what is happening. The story is jumping around from character to character so much that I am confused. The timeline is also confusing as well. One moment we’re at work, another we’re in therapy, then at home.
Characters: I feel that at 30% I should know a little bit more about our characters. I’m not sure if Hasan intentionally wrote this way to make the book a little mysterious, but I don’t know who the actual main character is. I know there’s obviously the girl in the coma. there’s a girl who is a designer for an ad company, and then some guy who works on Wall Street. That’s all I really know. I mean, I am a third of the way through and I don’t even care about the characters enough to keep going, not even considering the confusing plot.
Setting: New York. This could have been worked up so much more! The only major point that this gives any credit to is that our male antagonist works on Wall Street. Otherwise..it could be anywhere. The only depth that we get is when he is at his family house and talks about different foods. Thank God the characters are Indian because they gave some depth to the story and what is going on around them (arranged marriages, family obligation)
So, in the end, I only really got to 30% because I am a xenophile and I typically like books that use culture besides Caucasian America. Unfortunately, there was little that I got from the culture besides a few dishes and apparel references. It wasn’t enough to get me past the confusing intro and into any real story…if it existed.