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The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory The Other Boleyn girl was a highly engrossing novel, and while there was an amazing story to be had, it was not without its faults. But first, the good! Gregory delved into her characters and was easily able to make the reader sympathetic to at least the plights of Mary and her children, constructing rich characters straight from the pages of history. Also, as the book went along, I found more and more that I just couldn't put the book down, especially after page 250 or so. It was entertaining, especially having known the history of the Boleyn family, and combined that special amount of historical fact and fictive embellishment to create a very entertaining novel. On the other hand, there were a few faults to be had, which lowers my score by only a star. The end was very sudden and forced, and by that point things just were wrapped up in the blink of an eye. The climax of the story in my opinion happened three pages before the end of the book. The book seemed too long and drawn out in parts, especially at the beginning in the first two hundred pages.All in all, this is definitely a book I would recommend for those looking for a more fictive retelling of history. Gregory took the truth and made it more interesting to modern day readers. 4/5 stars.