Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D.J. Swykert

January 15, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D.J. SwykertThe Pool Boy's Beatitude by D. J. Swykert
Published by On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create Space on 2013-07-23
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 238
Source: Author
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In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl. Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn't understand is Jack. He has a Masters degree in particle physics, an ex-wife, a sugar mama, a passion for cooking and chronic dependencies he needs to feed. He cleans pools to maintain this chaotic lifestyle. Spinning about in a Large Hadron Collider of his own making, the particle known as Jack is about to collide with a particle known as Sarah.

My Thoughts

You know those movies, shows, and books where you’re dreading the character arc because although something needs to happen to make the main character change, you’re also totally dreading it! Character arcs are always something that kicks the character in the teeth. It is that ONE thing that makes the character change. It’s normally a really good thing really but they always happen so horribly that it makes life harder in the moment but so great afterwards.

In this book, the main character, Jack, really does need this kick in the teeth. I like him but he makes the same mistakes over and over and OVER. Then he meets a gal and falls immediately into love.

Sigh… I hate insta-love. I really think this colored my perception of the book and of Jack. He’s brilliant and because of his brilliance he finds himself doing stuff that he hates himself for, until he sees Delilah and then all of that is over. Ugh.. The fact that he’s married and just doesn’t even look back at his wife doesn’t bug me (much) but the insta-love thing? Gross.

Instead of really getting that character arc that I was so desperately hoping for, he falls in love. It’s great and all but I really feel like Jack is a deeper character than this and I wanted more for him and from him.

The writing however, was really brilliant. I’m not an astrophysicist by any means but I love talking about math and physics. The portions where Jack was deep in thought were brilliant! And the ending was ok. I mean when the insta-love hit Swykert kind of lost me but overall it was worth reading just not something that I found myself being in love (ha pun there) with.

Rating Report
Plot
3.5 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
3.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
Cover
4 / 5
Overall: 3.4 / 5

 

 

 

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