Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton – Review

(The Cuba Saga #1)

I recently listened to an audiobook, and it is called the following year in Havana. It’s by Chanel Cleeton

I will go ahead and explain to you my impressions of this book.

Initially, I liked the book. I thought it was good. I was very interested in it, it wasn’t a sign read from my book club, and I was excited because the book is set in Cuba, and I don’t know a lot about Cuba. I don’t know anything about Cuba. So, I figured I could learn some things, and this is one of those you know, you can learn from anybody well, you can learn something from any book. I figured I would learn something about Cuba from this book.

I was disappointed probably halfway through the book when I started to feel like it was losing my interest. I was disappointed because the book didn’t keep my interest. I was confused about who was speaking at specific points in time, like who are we talking about here.

She was going back and forth, and I think maybe if I had the hard copy, the details would have been a little bit more clear to me, about who was speaking, who we were talking about those kinds of things were a bit confusing to me at some points in the book.

Award usage, like she kept saying, hitched. I swear I heard attached a thousand times in this book, and I don’t know why it doesn’t bother me like ordinary words being repeated. But, in this book, it just got under my skin that she kept using that word. I’m like, can’t you offer with something else to describe this feeling besides hitch to like my breath hitched, my heart hitched and I could feel my breath hitch, and it was just like a constant and I’m like get that dictionary out get that thesaurus out to find another word, god. So, I did not enjoy that. And so those are my cons about the book, and let me see if I can find a couple of other pros.

I liked how she was very vivid about describing Cuban culture, and just she kind of just filled me in on a lot of things I didn’t know. Some of the things I found myself kind of familiar with just from, like, learning about other cultures from Spain and stuff like that and the food and stuff like that, it’s kind of like I could make those connections, and that was comforting, and I liked that.

All in all, I gave this book two stars. I mean, I don’t know like, I wasn’t feeling it, and as I said, I don’t know if it was just me or the book’s quality. I listened to it on a different medium than what I’m used to by listening to it on audiobook.


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