Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Review: A Scattered Life

Karen McQuestion's debut novel was the first self-published Kindle book to be optioned for a movie. And here's why: her characters are like real people.

The plot of A Scattered Life moves a bit slowly. I got the impression that nothing was really happening. But the characters are so believable and likable that I didn't really mind. I was content just to be in their company, listening to their conversations and finding truth and familiarity in the more mundane dramas of real life: A husband who doesn't really understand, but is trying. An annoying mother-in-law whose meddling almost makes sense. A loving, under-protective mother of a slew of active boys. There are no heroes or villains, no black and whites.

This is not a predictable story. Some things happen toward the end that seem to come out of nowhere, the way these things do in real life, and it was only then that I realized how invested I was in these imaginary people and their imaginary world. (I won't be any more specific about it, because I don't want you to be prepared.) I had a good cry while I was reading, which I NEVER do!

I enjoyed this read and will be looking for more of her books to read in the future.


  1. Hi Katie,
    Thanks so much for letting me know you reviewed my book! I'm so happy you enjoyed it and are spreading the word. Bloggers like you are gold to authors. :-)

    I have another novel coming out in May, a story about four women--complete strangers--who wind up going on a road trip. Let me know if you'd like an advanced copy for review (kmcquestion(@) I'd love to know what you think of it.

  2. karen, i would love that! i'm in the middle of a move, but i'll send you my address when i get settled. my first novel is being published this summer and i'm reading your blog for tips about promotion.

  3. Sounds good! Just shoot me an email whenever. Oh, and good luck with the move and the book. :)