Book Review: HANDLING SIN by Michael Malone

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Handling SinHandling Sin by Michael Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a tricky book for me to rate and review. I’d really like to give it about 3.4 stars but, clearly, that isn’t an option. Following the rules of rounding, I should technically give it three stars, but that just seemed too low.

Here’s the thing. This book is funny. It has great characters. Are some of them a bit stereotypical? Yes. But stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason, and these characters are still interesting.

But, this book has a lot of characters, all of them quirky and/or eccentric and/or involved in some way. And this book has a lot of pages. I’m not one to shy away from a lot of pages, but these pages are loaded with one “crazy shenanigan” after another. Honestly it felt a bit ridiculous to me in the first half of the book, and I considered putting it down. But, the smattering of humor pulled me through it.

The second half was better for me. I really liked the final group that ends up together to finish this road trip journey of discovery. The predicaments they find themselves in are more fun and creative and exciting. And the resolution is fulfilling.

So, do I recommend it? If you want a fun, easy read – probably not for you. If you want a fun read that you have to work for a bit, then you’ll probably enjoy it. Like I said, it’s a bit tricky.

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Wendy is an author, dog-mom, lover of chocolate, and an optimist who is also proud to be semi-geeky and a tree-hugger.


  1. Angela B  February 29, 2012

    This seems like a reasonable review. I’ve had a book or two that I wanted to rate one way as a writer then another way as a reader. It can be quite interesting rating books sometimes.

    • WB Terrien  March 1, 2012

      Maybe that’s it, Angela. My writer brain battled with my reader brain. I haven’t really had that be much of an issue with other reads. But maybe it was creeping in a bit.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)


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