Books, Fiction

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling Book Review

You’re not supposed to dislike your own child. You were supposed to like them no matter what, even if they were not what you wanted.”

Excerpts from:
The Casual Vacancy
by JK Rowling
Synopsis From Wikipedia

The novel is set in a suburban West Country town called Pagford and begins with the death of beloved Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. Subsequently, a seat on the council is vacant and a conflict ensues before the election for his successor takes place. Factions develop, particularly concerning whether to dissociate with a local council estate, ‘the Fields’, with which Barry supported an alliance. However, those running for a place soon find their darkest secrets revealed on the Parish Council online forum, ruining their campaign and leaving the election in turmoil.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has made me a fan of her work, much like many others. I was encouraged to read additional novels by that series, and I thoroughly loved it. I was immediately interested in reading The Casual Vacancy since I am familiar with the author. This book was written by Rowling last year and distributed globally by Little Brown Book Group. It was J.K.’s first book intended for adults.

The novel was about class, politics, and social concerns including drugs, prostitution, and rape, according to what I’ve read on Wikipedia. It had the second-best opening week for an adult novel and became the fastest-selling novel in the UK in three years. In fact, it was turned into a drama for television last year.

In comparison to Rowling’s Harry Potter books, this one is considerably different. This is not the book for you if you’re seeking for fantasy or magic. J.K. genuinely makes sure that this adult fiction has a persistent political issue with a character’s secret or dark history.

When I started reading the first chapter, I was captivated. I’m curious about what happened to Barry. Boredom hit me as I continued to read. I’m not sure why. Maybe I don’t like reading stories with political overtones. It was strange how quickly the word went around the community at first. You’d think the story was all about spreading the news of a deceased main character because they just spoke about it for three chapters in a row, which was sort of annoying. After a while, I found it difficult to read because of a terrible occurrence that transpired to one of the major characters.

Despite reading many positive reviews, I found this story to be too serious for me, and I felt like I should quit reading in the middle. Maybe I’m simply used to Rowling’s magical novels, and this novel felt more like a thriller to me. I’m not sure why, but I just don’t like this one.

I would not suggest this to someone looking for fantasy, believing that because J.K. authored it, it may have magic. I promise you that it is a deafening NO. This work is unrelated to the Harry Potter series and definitely no magic involved at all.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

5 thoughts on “The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling Book Review”

    1. You’re welcome… me too, I am not fond of reading like that… its ok if its about fantasy, like what she did before, but this one, for me, was really kinda boring….

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