Not good folks, not good… A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

⭐⭐2 STARS⭐⭐

This had to be one of the most irritating books ever.

If you are looking for a book that teaches you how to be a doormat, then look no further.

A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart was just painful. Not painful in a good way, like one of those books that touch your soul. No, this was painful because the plot was stupid. The main characters – also stupid. I should have known considering how bad Tonic was. I only sat myself up for failure.

This review right here is going to be messy ass hell. Ain’t nothing pretty coming out of this one.

Let’s here what the author has to say about this one first…

Synopsis

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

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Let’s get messy…

Did you read the synopsis? It sounded so good. I just knew I was in for a good book. I had my vodka ready – the perfect balance of Grey Goose and Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice. Ha! Well, the joke was on me and Grey Goose. This book messed up a perfectly good drinking atmosphere.

The first few chapters were drawn out and reeked of desperation from Elliot – our female male character. I was like, “Hurry up and tell me where the point is.” I couldn’t connect with either character. And it when it finally revealed the incident that caused our two main characters to break up, I was like, “Seriously! This!”

I’m about to spill the beans folks so if you don’t want to know the idiotic incident behind this book, stop reading now.

Wade asked Elliot to runaway with him at the age of 17 to get married and he would join the army. She only had a few months left in high school and asked him to wait and he got pissy and didn’t talk to her for 7 years. That is ridiculous. Maybe another author could have done better with the story line. I guess I’ll never know…

Elliot wrote Wade a letter everyday for years and he never wrote one back but she kept sending them. All because his 17 year old girlfriend wanted to finish high school he was too much of baby to open the letters. Talk about book boyfriend material. He was so pissy!

“… I found that the second she was in the room, I had to get out. Something in the way she watched me, something about her body language told me she wanted to talk to me. The thought of that conversation only spurred me to leave the room.

I wasn’t read. I didn’t know if I’d ever be ready.

Wade

How childish is that? He couldn’t even stand to be in the same room with Elliot. He was such a big baby that he ran out of any room she was in. He just ignored her at every turn and she took it. Plus, she blamed herself for his behavior. WTF!

At least 85% of the book in inner dialogue from Elliot and Wade. I have to tell you, listening to them have their inner debate on whether or not to say hi to each other was exhausting. I considered throwing my Kindle across the room, but there was no reason to trash a perfectly good Kindle. It was the worst. If I had to listen to Elliot justify why she was a pushover one more time! It was pitiful.

The girl let everyone talk down to her saying that’s it was ok because it was just their personality. That’s like saying, Donald Trump acts like a 3 year old child, it just his personality so his behavior is okay. Girl, bye. I wanted to take her to Backbone’s R Us and Rent-a-Life to help her out.

“…I walked next to him in the cold, feeling ashamed and wrong, feeling that I’d been put back in my place. I accepted it, shrinking back into that small space where I could hide, disappear, even though he’d asked me not to while he pushed me into the role with his own hands.

“I didn’t know how to exist any other way, not anymore. My light had gone out when he left me years ago.”

Elliot

I want to make a public service announcement for all women. If a man leaves you because you want to further your education – let that fuckboi go. Fuck him and his unsupportive ass. Please do not follow in the footsteps of Elliot from this book. Do not wait 7 years for a man who can’t even bother to return a letter. Someone who deems you so unworthy of his time because of that shit.

I also want to share a personal pet peeve of mine – When females authors obviously don’t consult men when writing from a male’s point of view. I promise you, the conversations between Wade and his friend made me cringe. They were having female conversations. It was so unrealistic.

“…I needed someone to blame, and I chose her. I wanted to blame her for everything: Dad, my life, us. What is wrong with me? Why do I destroy the things I love?”

“Because you don’t know how to give or receive love anymore. You’ve been this way as long as I’ve known you.”

“I don’t want to feel like this anymore.”

“Then you’ve got to change.”

“I don’t know how.”

“I do.”

I don’t know men who have conversations like this.

So, not only did the story line suck, the author didn’t even to bother to research of how men really act. Here’s what men would really say…

“Man, I fucked up.”

“I know you did.”

“What should I do?”

“Buy her something. Do you want to go get a beer?”

“Yeah.”

“Cool.”

My version is way more realistic.

Wade’s inner dialogue was like listening to a woman cry. “I love her. I hate her. I can’t be around her. I want to be around her. I’m going to her. I’m running away.” OMG! It was ridiculous. Imagine 250 pages of a 280 page book with pure whining. There wasn’t any real situations in this book, just two grown ass people acting like 8 year olds who are fighting over a ball at recess.

The best part of the book was the 5 pages of drama with her sister and brother-in-law. Besides that, it was a waste of my damn time.

As far as Wade’s feelings…

  1. He was an asshole who couldn’t bother to forgive a 17 year old girl for wanting to finish high school before she followed you around the world.
  2. He walked out of his father’s funeral because his feelings were hurt that Elliot sat with her family.
  3. He randomly go to fuck the poor girl right before his dad’s funeral and then leaves without saying goodbye. He just came in, got his dick wet and left. He didn’t even let her get hers. Selfish bastard. (She blamed herself for that too.)

“Why did he act like that, Elliot? Why would he just… just abandon us like that, right then? Today, of all days?”

“I… I think it’s my fault.”

“If he left because of you, then he’s more of a coward than I realized.”

At least her best friend had some damn common sense and she was Wade’s sister. That says a lot.

This book gets no recommendation from me. In fact, I urge book lovers not to waste their time and find a good book to read. At least the cover is cute.

Now, I’m going to clean up my mess and read a good book. TTYL!!!

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11 thoughts on “Not good folks, not good… A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I think everyone should make his mind about this book but you had very good arguments and you made me laught. Note to self: if I’m an author writign from a male POV just ask Danielle + wear a shield if you’re on her bad side. LOL I love your “no hold barred” reviews Danielle 🙂

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  2. Ari says:

    Haha OK I still can’t stop laughing lol. I read your review on GR, and then because I wanted to laugh some more I came here, and god dude, this was even better than the one before. LOL, I think I just loved this book for the language- it was very poetic, but I completely won’t hate on you because if the writing was even a bit weaker, I would have gone apeshit on my review lol. Seriously though, I hate it when authors don’t research enough and then just go in and write shit. It feels insulting as a reader that they think us so foolish we wouldn’t notice the difference. Also why I don’t sit with liquids while reading. There’s a good chance my phone/laptop would be 10ft under a flood lol

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    • prettygirlreading says:

      I try to keep it as PG as possible on Goodreads but I don’t think I succeed. I really wanted to like this book but that girl killed it for me. I can see the poetic bits in the book though. No liquids when reading? Not even a glass of wine? That’s just criminal 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 JK! We can’t ruin perfectly good electronics.

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