Thursday Afternoon Haiku Moment: A Sonnet for Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ What I Did For Love
(Based off of Shakespeare’s famous sonnet)
Shall I compare thee to the A Grade?
Thou art more grating to my skull
A good contemporary should be a lively parade
But I find this book amazingly dull.
Sometimes the heroine whines about life
And the hero pretends to be a jerk
Round after round of endless sniping strife
I despise both and hope it does not work
But just when the lies cannot get any thicker
Georgie decides that she loves Bram – it’s fate
Though they do naught but f&ck & bicker
I hate both of them – hate hate hate hate hate
All say, “Good contemp? Read a SEP!”
A great writer, but I hate your MCs.
This book can be purchased in hardcover from Amazon or ebook format from the Sony Store and other etailers beginning January 27, 2009.
Ah, that summed up my feelings exactly.
Keep giving us the haiku, please!
Loved the sonnet, and agree with your review. This book, sadly, did not live up to expectations.
Hmm…guess I’ll wait for paperback.
I liked the book well enough, but would have suggested Natural Born Charmer as a good place to start for SEP. The sonnet rocks.
This haiku is exactly how I felt about this book. Sad, because I was really looking forward to it, so even more disappointed afterward.
How true. Before I actually gave up and closed the book well before the end, I was hoping the relationship would not last. In this case, the HEA would be their parting of the ways and realizing they were right in the first place–they’re not a fit!
I can’t stand my ignorance anymore. Who author(s) these haiku/sonnet reviews? Is it one person or multiple?
@Sherry Thomas: It’s just one person. One talented person. This person has a pretty amazing haiku for next week. Not raising expectations or anything.
Hmm. Guess I’m in the minority. I liked it.
Well I’m a minority too. I loved this book. It was such a pleasure to read and my favourite bits were the sarcastic word plays between the h/h. Especially loved how they were both flawed and their “falling in love” seemed so real because they fought so hard against it. This book gave me that journey without the magical “oh yes, and I do just love you” with no reason.
But really, the sarcasm was beautifully biting, it really made the whole book for me.
I liked the book too, though it’s not one of my favorite SEPs. I think the secondary characters were really weak because some of them were so silly – like Georgie’s ex-husband and his wife – aside from Chaz, who I grew to like. But there were some hilarious moments! I think the “confession of love” is one of SEP’s funniest and I loved it! But yes, I agree it’s not the best book to start SEP.
Brilliant sonnet! Looking forward to the haiku :)
I liked the book as well, but it is average for SEP. i enjoyed the banter between the H/H also but was hoping for more exploration of deeper feelings in this one. I think we hold SEP to her own very high standards. Sh is still on my must-read list.
Why did the guest reviewer give the book a C? Other than the line ‘great writer’, it was a very negative review. Wasn’t there something that the reviewer liked?
Vicky, sad to say
I ran out of room in the
poem. Only ten lines.
Thought the book was good
When I finished it, but then
had lingering doubts
It was readable
Compelling and breezy…but
MC hate trumps all.
I wanted to like
it more than I did. In the
end, my C grade stands.