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The Sweet Gum Tree - Katherine Allred Looks like I'm in the minority on this one. The story is good, if not a bit trite. But that isn't the problem. There's a profusion of telling. Not just telling, but spoiling. KA makes a habit of ending every chapter by telling you all the dreadful things that are going to happen in the next chapter. Pulls me right out of the story. Why read on, when she's already given away the upcoming features? I'd rather experience these crucial elements for the first time through the narrator's perceptions, emotions, and physical sensations as she discovers them. Instead, it was reminiscent of those times when you watch a movie and someone in the room consistently shouts out what's going to happen next. Halfway through, I knew how this was going to end.