Saturday, October 3, 2009
REVIEW - Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down
Author: Neta Jackson
Genre: Christian chicklit
This is the second book in the Yada Yada Prayer Group series. In this book, the group deals with racial tensions all over the place, which has caused problems within the group. They also get robbed in Jodi's (the main character) home during a prayer meeting by a woman with a knife, and that's hard for them to overcome as well.
If it sounds like I gave a lackluster synopsis of the book, it's probably because that's how I felt about this book. I feel like the first person narrative REALLY hurts this book. I want to know what the other women are thinking and feeling. I want to follow their lives every once in awhile. To be honest, I'm sick of Jodi. She seems judgemental, she almost always jumps to the worst conclusion first, and I want to get out of her head!
Other problems I had were: the character Ruth talks like Yoda. Says her sentences in the wrong order, she does. Every time she says anything in the book I hear Yoda's voice for her. I don't think that's what the author has in mind. Also, Jodi's whole family shares an e-mail address. That includes her, her husband, their 18 year old son, and 15 year old daughter. Come on, you can't tell me those kids haven't gotten their own e-mail address by now. These people aren't computer illiterate either.
But there were good things about the story. I like how the women turn to God when things get hard, and there is a nice variety of different characters. The author writes well, so that even when I'm rolling my eyes, at least it's not about bad dialogue or a boring plot. I'm interested enough in some of the characters that I'll keep reading the series, but will probably push it back and read other series first.