Review ~ The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I may be the only one on here that has not read Harry Potter and I chose this book not even realizing this was from the same author. So, my review may be completely different than the many others down there.


I enjoyed Rowling’s use of descriptives and her flow of words. It was a steady read, not one that in the beginning had me dreading putting it down, but one that made me want to pick it up again. I was always content with going back to it until toward the end when I didn’t want to put it down at all. But don’t get me wrong, the whole book is worth the read and just as important.

What amazed me about the book is there were so many characters and Rowling got me involved every single one of them that I felt like they were truly people I knew. She didn’t go overboard with repetitive descriptions or overdone descriptions, she did it just right. There’d be a little mention here and a little mention there, and if I wasn’t paying attention I’d miss it.

The story itself was so different than what I’d normally pick up, but I’m so glad I did. I was immersed into the lives of the occupants of these two towns and lived all of their messed up shit, because really these people were messed up. I mean were talking real life shit. There were drugs, morning after pills, computer hacking from teenagers to talk shit about their parents, and adults so critical of other people. There were affairs and love loss and cutting and death. There were no magic spells to undo all that was done. I mean, there was even more shit than I’ve mentioned, but it was so real and something I could have pictured so well that I felt like I was watching a movie.

Rowling took me on a journey of so many feelings that now that it’s over I’m feeling a bit spent. I think this was an excellent book with a very touching story to tell and like in real life not everything is resolved. Some people were able to achieve redemption and happiness and others there lives were no better. But it was their story that made a difference. Excellent work J. K. Rowling!

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