"Tilly" by Frank Peretti: A Review

Essay by PeachPittHigh School, 12th gradeA+, June 2006

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Wow, this 128-page book by Frank Peretti had a poor plot, uncreative writing, absolutely no character development, and a horribly disjointed theme with blatant inaccurate facts imbedded in it. Whew, that felt good to get off my chest. First of all, the characters can only be compared to paper dolls due to how flat and dull they are. Everyone in the story, including Kathy, Dan, and Tilly, had only one or two personality traits that Peretti played off of with no depth to them what so ever. This prevents the readers from truly connecting to the personal pains and struggles of each character in the book. I, for one, had no sympathy for Kathy or Dan because looking through their eyes and relating to them is nearly impossible. The story is supposed to be one of great meaning to many women, as it is usually used as a tool for "post-abortive" women to sympathize with their choices, and yet how can that be so if the woman they're supposed to be feeling oh-so-sorry for is so one-sided? It doesn't work at all.

The overall method of storytelling is almost as bad. It is terribly stale with short descriptions and sentences that a 6th grader could think of. Nothing is remotely creative in this tiny book at all. Chapters are, at most, four to six pages long. The story line of this 128-page book lacks a beginning, middle, and end. The climax of the story is also noticeably absent. One can easily be lost in the plot of this short book unless they pay close attention. Nothing is truly "revealed" until the very end. All of this can only result in a terribly written short novel.

The next issue I would like to address is the overall message of the...