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Monday, April 26, 2010

Kill Dress by John Young

Title: Kill Dress
Series: Kill Dress
Author(s): John Young
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Received: Received from author as requested from Boswick Communications
Release Date: November 23, 2009
Finished: April 2010
Pages: 74
Challenges: None

My Thoughts: Five hard-working girlfriends love the weekends because that's their time to party. Kim was just dumped by her boyfriend and mourning her loss, and she is surprised to see he had moved on in one day. So the girls decide they need a vacation, especially Kim. And Kim runs into a dress maker who says she can make her the perfect dress, and does so when asked. Although sort of forewarned that the dress is cursed, Kim still wears it even though it might cost the lives of her and her friends.

For the avid reader, it is easy to tell this the first work of fiction by author John Young. He yearns for the story to be good and have message, but he tries to make conversations between the girls sounds realistic and it doesn't work. He also pushes a feminist thought that women should be able to wear what they want without fear, but the girl was told the dress would bring danger, so the message seemed idiotic.

The thing that bothered me the most about this story was the way the women interacted with people and each other. They would say stereotypical things that I only hear in TV shows or movies. Another thing, Kim spent more time mourning her breakup then she did any of her friends' death.

I have read the author's site and his plans for a sequel. I can only hope that he does more research on how woman interact.

About the Author: This is the first book from John Young, whose first career was working on computers.  To see more, visit his website at

1 comment:

dArLyN said...

This probably not the best debut of his. but great review Shannon =)