A Thing of Beauty


Author: Lisa Samson
Genre: Fiction
Former child star, Fiona Hume had a plan when she checked out of rehab 10 years ago. Tuck herself away in a mammoth of a fixer-upper mansion, shine it up and live the like artist she always wanted to be. So far, that hasn’t happened. Instead, not only has she run out of money but space. Alone and stuffed under the hordes of garbage she calls art, Fiona hatches a scheme to scrounge up some cash. She rents out the maid’s room to handy-man Josia. The opposite of everything she is, Josia awakens a part of Fiona she long thought dead.

From the bit of research I did on Lisa Samson I found that she’s a popular Christain-fiction writer. So I’m assuming everything has a thin veneer of Jesus all over it or has some sort of relation towards a higher being.

When I picked this book up I was aiming for redemption. For realizations, some big stuff to go on! But what I got was the silent fart after a night of taco bell of a climax. Literally, I think this book didn’t have a climax. If it did, it was weak, like Fia (Fiona).

She was such a continuously passive character which I guess could be confused with turning the other cheek or being the bigger person, but she didn’t benefit from it. She kind of just internalized it and became sad. She never actually did anything from sheer want or willpower. The other characters in the books made her. Fiona’s Hollywood mother was so stereotypical it was hard to see her as an actual person and not a villain in LifeTime movie.

Josia was so weird. Maybe he was an allegory of Jesus, but with a better fashion sense? Everything he said was so “deep” that I couldn’t take him seriously. Him as a “love interest” baffled me because Fiona barely knew what he was talking about most of the time.

Jack’s entire existence in the book was to propel Fiona into something. He was useless. Was he Fiona’s John or were they friends with benefits? Your guess is as good as mine.

I was not a fan of the half-assed traumas in the book. Fiona’s were a touchy subject but you can’t mention them and never resolve them under the guise of “It’s too painful to revisit!” Either mention these memories for a reason or do something else.

Maybe I’m super jaded and seen too much of the world, but Fia didn’t change at all from the start to the end of the book. As a child star, she had people tell her what to do and when to do it. As an adult she had two different men tell her how to feel and when to cry. Fiona didn’t motivate herself to do much anything in the book. Josia and Jack pulled her along and forced her to do things. Has she really changed if all she did was change handlers? Is that the point of the book? This book felt like one long missed sneeze.

The most interesting thing about this book was the controversy over the one curse word in the book which sent Samson’s horde of readers into pearl clutching spasms. I didn’t hate the book, I hated that it had the potential to be something better than what it was. Take a stab at it if you want but, I wouldn’t recommend it.


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