This was a tough one for me. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro has been on my TBR for a while. I came across the book while at work and was intrigued by the synopsis: the descendants of the famed Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet at a boarding school in Connecticut and get roped into solving a crime committed at their school.
I haven’t read anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the first chapter of this book made it seem like you had to have been familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories, more than just vaguely, in order to understand what would happen in this book. As it turns out, this was not the case. There is enough background on the Holmes and Watson relationship to get an understanding of Jamie’s trepidation about meeting Charlotte for the first time, and why the two act the way that they do.
About a hundred pages in, A Study in Charlotte started to remind me a lot like Looking for Alaska by John Green. Oh boy, did I have many thoughts about that book, primarily that I can’t believe I kept reading it even after deciding I didn’t like it! Once I made that connection to John Green’s book, it was too late to go back and I started to see this story differently.
I really wanted to put the bias aside and keep reading but I couldn’t. There were too many instances of my thoughts interrupting my reading as I contemplated how unrealistic so much of this story was. Perhaps teens these days do act the way Charlotte does, but it seemed unrealistic to me and that alone kept interrupting the story.
Worse is that at times, the story felt like it was a little all over the place. It’s always a bummer when a book you were seriously looking forward to reading turns out to not be what you expected. The bright side is clearly many people are enjoying this book, as one in the series (there are four total) is up for a Goodreads award this year.