Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Title: Stash
Author: David Klein
Pages: 365
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Broadway Books (Random House)
Release Date: July 27, 2010

I am happy to announce for his first "appearance" at Take Me Away my husband, Jason, who has offered to help me out by providing a review every now and then! It's funny to read his review because his voice is definitely different from mine. But this is him for sure!

David Klein’s 1st novel Stash is about the Raine family who live in the quaint town of Morrissey which is somewhere in upstate New York. The story starts off with the devoted housewife Gwen who scores some marijuana from an old acquaintance for herself and her friend, Marlene and husband, Roger. Everything seems innocent enough until Gwen is caught in a car accident and the police find the marijuana in her car while surveying the wreck.

What I liked about the book

Basis of the story. I’m a fan of the show Weeds on Showtime, which we do not have, but it is available for instant on Netflix (shameless plug), which I love. Much to my dismay it is not exactly like Weeds but more Desperate Housewives. What I took away from the book was what happens when you innocently self indulge in something that you know is wrong. No I’m not talking about eating that cookie after you’ve already brushed your teeth for the night but you get the idea.

Jude. I feel like I know a ton of Jude’s. Jude is the old acquaintance that Gwen meets up with out of the blue to get her fix. Jude is a restaurant owner/manager and having worked in the restaurants for several years I feel like I know this type very well. No I’m not saying all restaurant managers are dealers. Okay maybe only in New York.

What I didn’t like about the book

I enjoy it when an author puts forth the effort to research a topic well, but I felt like the book dragged on in certain parts. Brian who is Gwen’s husband is a pharmaceutical rep and his company is taking heat on a new drug they just introduced to the market. I enjoyed the work drama but I get my fill of that at my own job and all the drug/FDA insight to me just fell flat. What intrigued me the most was what was going to happen to Gwen? What about the nagging police investigation that just won’t go away and what’s up with this guy Jude?

Character development. I felt like some characters were under and over developed. Jude has a daughter named Dana who we find out about in spurts and at one point I didn’t know if it was going to go anywhere and I lost interest in her for a little bit. Another character is Aaron whom Jude is a business partner with. He seems shady and interesting but it doesn’t get beyond that. I felt that some chapters existed just to increase the page count. Then again this might just be because I could not enjoy the pace of the book as much as I would have liked (see above).

Overall the book was okay. I found parts of it enjoyable and I did like some of the characters, which to me is what keeps you interested in a book/series. Once you are hooked to the character you feel like you are in their world and you want to know or even help them make decisions!


Constance Reader said...

I am a huge Weeds fan, too, and this book sounds similar in that it's a person you think you know doing something you totally don't expect.

I love your reviews, but it was nice to have this new voice, too. Thanks for this review!

Zibilee said...

I have this one up for review very soon and I am looking forward to it. It sounds like it's not perfect, but that it has some really good elements overall. And now I want to start watching Weeds!!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've been wanting to read this book...I might just like it, since I enjoy both Weeds and Desperate

Too bad about the characters, though. I don't enjoy characters that show up infrequently. I forget who they are if they don't show up very often!

jackie tracy said...

Good job Jason, very interesting to read from a different writing perspective!

Juju at Tales of said...

Great review! I haven't seen Weeds in ages.

Trisha said...

Welcome to blogging Jason. It's seriously addicting.

Bonnie said...

I've never seen Weeds but this is a great review Jason.


Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

Hi Jason! Fancy meeting you on here! I hope you are doing well! Your review had me laughing (the whole restaurant owners being dealers in NYC). I really tried to watch Weeds, got it from Netflix, but only managed the first 4 or 5 episodes. It was just really boring for me, so I didn't watch any further. Does it get better?

I just got this book for review, too, and it sounds interesting. Thanks for your honesty!

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I don't know whether I'm a Desperate Housewives kinda gal :-) ... I'll probably give this one a miss. I loved Jason's balanced review!

Jennifer said...

I think its awesome that your husband agreed to do a review for you. I've been trying to get my boyfriend to sit down and do a guest post or review for me but no luck so far.

This book sounds interesting but I'll probably skip it. I love watching Weeds and I think I'll stick to that for now.

Jennifer @

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