Dupont Circle by Paul Kafke-Gibbons

Book Review

I have to admit the only read on I bought this book to read was that it was based in D.C. thus fulfilled my need for a book to review on my D.C. blog and it had the additional bonus of being on sale at my local bookstore. Normally (actually never before) I do not read romance novels, as this one can best be classified. Personally I have always just figured romance novels lack plot depth and character development beyond their love lives. Unfortunately I now really feel that way after reading this book. This book is a decent read, but it really leaves you wondering at times about why some of the minor characters are even mentioned due to lack of character background that also makes you wonder who the person is exactly. The book is written in present tense, which for the most part is done fine, however in some parts it seems very forced ad ends up confusing. One credit I will give is that it does a good job of mixing the various plot/love lines so that you continually advance on plot lines without forgetting about what happened last time the plot line was introduced. The plot lines also end nicely by of course leaving you somewhat wondering what will happen to them now, but wrapping up the plot introduced. The actual last page definitely leaves the plot open for a sequel, which whether it exists or ever does come out I will probably skip on reading. I do not think the time I spent reading this was totally wasted, but it certainly turned me even further away from wanting to read romance novels.

Discussion Questions

1. Based on how the first few pages of the book describe Dupont Circle and/or personal experience, do you agree with the character Jon’s idea that it is perfect and the capital? Why? Why not?

2. Describe the different types of love relationships that are going on in this book. Compare and contrast these relationships.

3. Would you consider the relationship between Jon and Peter to be presented stereotypically? Why or why not?

4. Why did not Jon want Nita to read Charlotte’s Web?

5. Does the ending wrap up the story or leave you wondering? If it leaves you wondering, does it make you want there to be a sequel and to read the sequel?

6. What do the different illustrations on the book jacket symbolize?

7. Looking back to question #1, did your view of Dupont Circle change your idea about it being perfect (or not) from the other descriptions of the area as described in the book?

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