Book Review: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

This book…3.5 stars if I could.

It’s hard to rate or review a book that is really well written in which nothing really happens.

That’s the problem. It’s not really a character study where the main character goes through some arc of change and I’m able to forgive the lack of a plot because the personal story was sooooo good. It’s not a plot-driven story that allows me to forgive the lack of character development because the action is OMGSOGOOD. It just sort of…is. It’s there. There’s a bit of back story, though not enough for my liking. There’s this, there’s that, there’s a little dry-humping for good measure and then our hero is sent away in a limo, with his return to war looming over his head. That’s all.

Yet I liked the book, mainly due to Ben Fountain’s writing. It’s not BAD, not at all. But it’s not great.

Another book that I spent the majority of time reading waiting for it to get really good or even a little better, only to be left a little disappointed.

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