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Mary's Rainbow: 10/12/12

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Mary's Rainbow by Clementia some time ago, either at a used book store or a Friends of the Library sale. I've had the book for so long, I don't remember exactly where or when I got it. I bought the book because of the pretty blue flower motif on the cover.

From reading the publisher's information, Mary's Rainbow is the last (or was when published) of a long series of children's books about a girl named Mary who lives with her beloved Uncle for most of the time while her parents are traveling for important matters.

In this volume, Mary must first say goodbye to old beloved governess, a nun, I think but quickly makes friends with her replacement. Thus follows numerous overly earnest with lots and lots of exclamation points and em dashes.

Although the book is mercifully short, I had a difficult time finishing it. Mary is the Mary Sue to end all Mary Sue characters. She is so perfect and so beloved by all her friends and family that it's frankly sickening. Midway through the book there's a chance for her to snap out of this perfect revere when it appears she may have been orphaned. But the book seems hell bent on giving Mary a happy ending.

One star

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