Book review’ A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

“Chick lit” is one of those guilty pleasure genres. OK, they’re normally incredibly predictable, they don’t require a lot of thinking and they’re pretty generic, but sometimes you need a light read and a happy ending.

I picked this book because I liked the cover. It was another book to tick off my reading challenge list – “a book with a beautiful cover.” (This is actually a matter of opinion but I think it is). The story is about Anna Browne, a London receptionist who suddenly begins to receive mysterious, life changing parcels from an unknown sender.

First of all. Anna is a Mary Sue, one of the biggest sins that a writer can commit. For those of you who don’t know, a Mary Sue is a “perfect” character. Everyone wants to be like them or be friends with them, they make no mistakes, and the people who don’t like them are usually just jealous of them or horrible people in general. 2D characters like that are really, really annoying and it grated on me to be honest. I felt like the author was over emphasising the flaws of all the other characters to say “why can’t they be more like perfect Anna.”

The plot was pretty much what I expected, with the standard happy ending romance. If it hadn’t been for the incredibly irritating main character I might have enjoyed it a bit more. As it is, I can really only rate this 3/5 stars.


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