What’s it about?
Emily has just moved into her first house and is excited to start her adult life, but every night her American dream becomes a nightmare.
– Goodreads Synopsis
My Review of the American Dream: A Short Story
The American Dream was yet another example of a great idea that just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. It is short, but I found myself having to read it a few times just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. The beginning is a bit jarring, the middle bit a tad confusing, and the ending is (in a good way) odd and creepy. The author seems to take care to make sure that the fear of spiders is further aroused by his story as though that would add an extra element of creepiness to what he’d written. Unfortunately, it is quite obvious what he’s doing, and why he’s doing it, therefore it spoils the effect.
There’s also a poke at homosexuality or bisexuality which seemed a tad out of place. The author said this story was based on a recurring dream that he had had. Dreams can be crazy things, but it just seems so out of place that I’m curious if the author included it just to be able to add the sexual element to the story. Doesn’t make a difference one way or another, mind you.
The story was refreshingly lacking in spelling and punctuation errors. Minus the awkward beginning bit, it was mostly technically well-written but just lacking that particular spark which would transform it into an attention-grabbing work. Overall, I can’t recommend this particular story but I’m not averse to reading something more from the author in the future.
Title: The American Dream | Author: Jonathan-David Jackson (site) | Publisher: Self-published | Pub. Date: 2015-4-3 | Pages: 14 | ASIN: B00VNY6T5C | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Spiders | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Date read: 2016-3-13 | Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.