Review: Measuring Up

Measuring Up
Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I always try to cut indie writers some slack on things like editing because I know that they may not have as many resources (editors) available to them. I also never get my hopes up with them, or try not to, so that I don’t get disappointed if I find one that really sucks. (It happens.) This isn’t one of those bad book cases, though. While it had its faults and some pretty serious editing problems, I thought that it was a pretty awesome book.

I’m going to try not to be too petty about the errors that existed, but I will admit that I was alarmed by some of them. A lot of us forget about all the lessons we got through all the years of English classes, so I understand that. What I have trouble understand is the use of “your” instead of “you’re” and vice versa. It may seem like a small thing, but that is a mistake on a concept that is really one of the fundamentals of the language. I know that spell check didn’t catch it, which will bring me to repeating something English professors (and other professors) would often say to their classes: Don’t rely on spell-check. Spell-check only looks for what you tell it to look for. It’s a computer program. There are ways to make it look for grammatical errors, but it is always best if you have another set of eyes look over your writing for actual errors.

I really did like the actual story, but there were some parts that felt awkward. I wish that there had been more development of the characters, conflict, and the plot. Sometimes it seemed that issues in the story were brushed aside and that characters weren’t as fleshed out as they should have been. If that had been done, then I could see giving it 4, maybe even 5, stars. As it was, between the errors and the lack of proper development, I can only give it 3.

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Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.