The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

Posted November 25, 2013 in 3 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!





When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?


I feel terrible rating a book written by J.K. Rowling less than 5 stars but I really didn’t like this book.

First of all,l I have no idea what the plot was. The story just kept going on and on and I have no idea what happened. The climax sucked since it wasn’t even exciting at all, and the book just kinda ended. I had to force myself to continue reading because it was so boring. Maybe that’s the point she was trying to put out there, but it bored me to death. The book didn’t have anything happy happen in it. It was such a depressing book. It did, however, make me feel pretty good about myself.

Secondly, I hate every single one of the characters. I understand she was trying to make them more human so we’d related to them but every character is stupid. Half of them are wimps that can’t stand up to anyone and the others think way too highly of themselves. None of the characters even liked the other characters. It was just weird reading a book where NONE of the characters are likeable.

So basically what I’m saying is I’m really disappointed in this book. I knew it would be way different from Harry Potter, but if J.K. Rowling hadn’t written this book I wouldn’t have read it. If for some crazy reason I did pick it up to read there’s no way I would have finished it. I think she needs to stick with exciting fantasy books as opposed to a boring book with no plot.

I feel horrible about this review, but I had to be honest!

3 out of 5

“It was strange how your brain could know what your heart refused to accept.”


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