RM Book Lounge: J.K. Rowling goes Adult!

It’s already old news that J.K. Rowling has published her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, but I’ve been surprised by the response from my friends. It seems many avid Harry Potter fans are finding the content gritty and a bit shocking from what they’d normally expect from Ms. Rowling. Frankly, I applaud the author, because it would be truly disappointing if her latest novel was Harry Potter re-invented. However, most of the reviews are mixed, so I’d love to hear what RM readers think?

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

“The vacancy of the title occurs when a local councillor, Barry Fairbrother, dies while in office. This is the key event that triggers the action in the superficially idyllic West Country village of Pagford, whose well-heeled inhabitants are at war with the nearby council estate, The Fields.” – The Observer

““Unfortunately, the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that ‘The Casual Vacancy’ is not only disappointing — it’s dull.” – The New York Times

“Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters’ endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade.” – Entertainment Weekly

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2 Responses to RM Book Lounge: J.K. Rowling goes Adult!

  1. Jessica says:

    Just finished reading The Casual Vacancy. I LOVED the Harry Potter books so was intrigued to see what J K Rowling would do next. This was not at all what I was expecting. A little slow to start off with and the sheer number of characters took a while to get straight in my mind. Not sure if I would have related to the story so much if I was not English. It was well written and as the story picked up momentum i couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends.

  2. Thara Pillai says:


    Thanks for the comment. I’m waiting for JMA to finish it, so I can read it. He’s enjoying it as well.

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