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REVIEW: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Alike many Harry Potter fans, I was thrilled to find out J.K. Rowling had published a new book, which is her first adult book. I didn't know what to expect coming in, except for what the synopsis on the flap of the book said, so it was green light to read. 

The Casual Vacancy is centered around a town named Pagford as they dealt with a death of Barry Fairbrother, city council man. This literally leads to a casual vacancy in the town as they scramble to find a replacement for his empty spot. People of the town would never think an election would change the course of its history.

Families and relationships in the Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Generally speaking the synopsis of the book did not do justice for numbers of bumpy roads this story had in store. It began out relatively slow with the sudden death of Barry Fairbrother. As the news of his death spread, readers are introduced to different locals in Pagford, and the Fields. Pagford city council called for election to find a person to fill in Fairbrother's vacant seat. Contenders are drawn up, but they all cannot win, only one can come up as a victor. Rowling webbed out the complexity of an election.

Aside from the town people involvement in the upcoming election, minor characters are arose that involved everyone from children at school to members of Pagford city council. Each characters are dealing with issues that can be found in real life with no censor.

Rowling's work blew me away with the way in which she is able to tell this story. In the beginning, the story began out slow, but the author is able to build up the suspense. It is not an ordinary book that discuss scandals in a small city; rather each characters are going through real life issues of their own. The author is not afraid of sugar coating these issues, which makes this book delightful to read. In addition, Rowling work her magic by centering each chapters on different characters; instead of focusing on one or two figures, she points the spotlights on about 18 of them. Also, the book is divided into seven parts with a term followed by a definition to give reader a glimpse of what it would be about.It is astonishing how elaborate it is yet she is able to make it all work. I have to admit I was not used to the way in which the story was told in the beginning.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to read. My mind was blown away after reading it because it is refreshing to read a book that does not shy away from real life issues.

Funny commentaries
As I was reading the book, I had come to notice the pages in between 378 and 443; a massing 65 pages total missing. Sadly, it was not a page misprint, and they cannot be located anywhere within the book. Honestly speaking I bought this book from used bookstore two years ago, but it never occur to me to flip through it to look at the page number. My mind was elastic to find it in pretty new condition at a used bookstore in the first place.
A big jump from page 378 to page 443 in The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Aside from the invisible pages as I called them, I have an additional pages 469 to 503 at the end of the story. It was a real head scratch for me, but no fear I was able to figure out what happened in the missing pages. On a bright side, I bought another copy of the book, and this time I remembered to check the pages.

Video: The Casual Vacancy Review

Goodreads. The Casual Vacancy. 2015. Web. 4 February 2015.

Rowling, J.K. The Casual Vacancy. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012. Print.


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