Review: Mona, by Pola Oloixarac
I found this book as a result of a YouTube video where this fellow buys and reads the books he sees other people reading on the subway, so I knew I was taking a risk by choosing it.
Sadly, it was not my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. The writing is good, and the story is interesting if a bit disappointing. The protagonist is a Latina author who is nominated for a prestigious award, so she is at a writers’ conference in Switzerland. However, she has a secret that even she has pretty much blocked out, which affects her in many ways, including her interactions with the other attendees and nominees.
I found the characters well-written, even though there was not that resonance that makes a book “spot on” to me. I didn’t like the ending — it felt like a copout, which annoyed me.
Still, I am glad I tried it, and — if I ever get my mobility back for real, I would be interested in trying the YouTuber’s experiment.