Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter might be a New York Times Best Seller, and NPR’s Fresh Air might call it “A literary miracle,” but I do not recommend this novel to anyone. I readily admit that I did not read the whole thing. In fact I’m not sure that I got past the first chapter.
Here’s the scoop on why. Language. Plain and simple. The foul language and the insults traded by two characters completely turned me off. I wasn’t even far enough into the story that it killed me to close it forever. It’s going back to the library, never ever to return!
It’s such a pity when someone has to ruin what might have been a great story by using such unimaginative language as swearing. I hope the next book I pick up is better. It’s by another author that I have never read.