This Is Us and “The Chalk Man”

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Well I really hope everyone went home from their Super Bowl parties to watch This Is Us, and didn’t have to cry in front of their friends.  I watched it this morning.  I tried watching it last night, even though I don’t like watching it with Tom, because I REALLY wanted to know what happened.  But he said, isn’t that a dumb show?  Eye roll, do you even know me, whatever we’ll watch some show about Alaska.

This morning was late start for school, so I had two hours of extra time, and I watched it before two out of the three even came out of their bedrooms.  I’m not sure it was the best way to start my day.  Violet watched the last half hour or so with me, and sympathy sniffed every time I sniffled.

Jack’s death wouldn’t have gone down the same way, if Rebecca had a cell phone.  Twenty years ago, it’s a weird idea to think about all that has changed, right?  Maybe I was a spoiled brat, but I had a cell phone 20 years ago.  I was only allowed to use it in case of emergencies because it cost a hundred dollars to make a call, but I had one.  I’m not saying he wouldn’t have died, it just would have looked differently.  I’m not as sad as I was anticipating, though, because he was already dead.  He’ll still be in the upcoming episodes, just like William.  It’s going to be okay.

Ready for my first bad book review?  The Chalk Man was terrible.  I gave it 2 stars because it wasn’t so terrible that I stopped reading it, but I would not recommend this book.  C.J. Tudor bit off way more than she apparently could chew, in this debut novel of hers.  In my opinion, if you don’t wrap up all the loose ends of your story, you failed.  She closes the book with explanations like:

“There are questions.  Lots of questions.  I can just about manage the hows, wheres and whats, but as for the why, I don’t have all the answers.  Not even close.”

“Sometimes, Ed… it’s better to not know all the answers.”

No, actually it’s not okay.  Who drew all the white stick men in the cathedral?  And on Ed’s stoop and at the funeral?  Is Ed actually insane?  Why were his doors unlocked and open the crazy cat night?  What’s the deal with the ghosts predicting the future?  And on a personal note, why does this author hate God so much?  I have even more questions, but those are the ones that bug me the most.

I have no idea why this novel is getting so many good reviews.  It’s all hype, though, don’t buy into it. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to  All opinions are my own, and I would only recommend products I actually like.

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