Rock Hard by Adriana Hunter, is billed as a “BBW” romance. The plot involves a nearly washed up entertainment columnist who must now interview the up-and-coming (no pun intended) rockstar whom she dumped in high school before she gained weight.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
Get a load of the premise? And the cover? And the title? That’s why I picked it up—it sounds fun. Plus, I wanted to see how a “BBW romance” differs from an ordinary romance.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
On the second page. It was not fun. It was not even a novel.
In the first two pages we get zero characters, zero plot, and zero exposition which we didn’t already know from the summary. This is one of the worst examples of telling and not showing I’ve ever seen. The author assigns people some names, but there’s no dialogue—not even a DESCRIPTION! The author fails even to mention that her character is chubby.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
If you learn one thing as a writer you learn this: “SHOW, DON’T TELL.” This means that instead of writing, “He didn’t like the book,” write, “His eyebrows crinkled as he crushed the page between his fingertips. His lips pursed as his eyes darted back and forth across the words. ‘What the hell is this?’ he thought. Finally he flung the book across the room with a rapid motion. “That was terrible…” he muttered, a look of fatigue creeping into the lines on his face.”
Describe what happens, don’t just list it.
Really, the author could have done just about anything to give this book a better beginning.
RECOMMENDATION: DON’T READ
I try to say something nice about every book, but I just can’t think of anything. I guess the premise sounds okay… You know what? The title and cover art combo. Best thing about this book. And it’s a pun.