Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Dave tends to have a rather critical and narrow view of other people, especially where looks are concerned. Not only does it affect his work as a high school P.E. teacher, but it’s also putting a strain on his relationship with Megan, his wife. Then one day, a strange phenomenon gives humans around the world X-ray vision, making everyone appear as skeletons in Beyond Beautiful: A Redemptive Romance Story by author Robert Goluba.
Even with “romance” in the subtitle, I found it tricky to classify this read, genre wise. But I can appreciate a tale that’s out of the box, like this one. I think I can safely call it a sci-fi love story that even people who don’t usually read sci-fi can enjoy.
I like how the story touches on a number of ideas in a short amount of time. Dave’s situation is the central focus, but the story goes further. It takes an interesting look at how society in general is affected by physical appearance in various ways. While it’s an inspirational read, not every theme is tied up at the end with fairytale perfection, which is realistic and challenging.
Now, I felt the lessons in the story to be pretty heavy-handed at times. The narrator and Dave spell things out a bit too much instead of leaving more room for nuance and the reader’s perception. There are also a number of minor errors and places where the narrator slips into present tense (such as, “Dave is lost without her”), though most of the story is narrated in past tense.
Nevertheless, this is a quick and thought-provoking read that other ChristFic fans may want to check out.