*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie" by: Kim & Krickitt Carpenter

The release of The Vow was a bit of a big thing in my hometown, stands to reason as the couple that inspired the movie live here.  Now, I haven't seen the movie yet so this review is based solely on the book (I plan on watching it at some point and have a feeling I will need to do a movie/book comparison post, but we'll see).

I read the book because of the hype surrounding the movie and because I was interested in the story.  Let's say that this book is...interesting.  The story itself is absolutely fascinating.  Kim & Krickitt Carpenter had only been marred a few months when the couple were involved in a horrific traffic accident that wiped Krickitt of her memories of the past year and half- therefore leaving her with no idea who her husband was.  Learning that a couple could go through something like that but still manage to stay together and have a happy family is wonderful and inspiring.  Likely you have either seen a news piece on television or an article in a magazine about this couple.  In a  way I wish that the documentation was left at that.

I found the book itself a little boring.  Not everyone is a writer, and there is nothing wrong with that, but if you aren't a writer, don't write a book...  Even though the story is fascinating, the way it is told is a bit dry and dull.  It almost comes across as though Kim has told their account so many times that there isn't much emotional attached as he wrote about the events (and the book is pretty much solely from Kim's point of view with journal entries from Krickitt ).  I also struggled with Krickitt 's commitment to Kim. While I have to applaud her for not abandoning him since she had no memory of him, I can honestly say that I would have a hard time if I were put into a similar situation.  The book goes into the detail of the struggle to rebuild their relationship (it's not like Krickitt went back to what everyone told her was "normal" without questioning anything) but I couldn't help but imagine myself in that situation and know that I wouldn't have mad the same choices.

I don't feel that I wasted my time by reading this book, but after reading other reviews from those that picked up the book because they enjoyed the movie, I feel that this book is going to be a letdown for many readers.  I would suggest checking it out at the library before rushing out to buy a copy.

Happy Reading!


  1. And here I bought a copy so I could have it signed... I haven't read it yet.


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