I'm not even going to lie, I didn't like this book. When I saw the cover, I thought- Oh this is adorable! I expected a cute story to go along with it. Instead, 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino, offered a foul-mouthed little girl, a kind-hearted teacher and careless club owner.
The story's about a Catholic, school girl who is treated poorly by her principal, refused even the simplest of school duties and a bit disheartened at the loss of her mother. She wants one thing more than anything else: to sing. It's also about a woman who's returned home after a divorce, looking to start over and possibly get together with a long, lost love. Lastly, there's the jazz club owner who's about to lose his place because he can't afford to pay thirty-thousand dollars for breaking just about every rule he'd been warned against, at least seven times!
The story spans 24-hours and tells how the three of them come together
and help each other out to accomplish something spectacular. But the way it's told, I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or growl and chuck the book in the rubbish bin! It's like the book was composed part poetry, part crud. I couldn't even begin to care for Madelaine, the 9-year old: she smoked, cursed like three sailors and then- when she sings, "things happen." It was ridiculous!
I was overjoyed when I finished this book. Boy, it was a bust. On to the next read! 📚
Rating: 👓/5 specs
*The Rise of Peter Troy is next.
**Book provided by Blogging for Books, for an honest review.
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