The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling It's obviously not Harry Potter 2.0, and if you read this expecting it to be Harry Potter 2.0 you'd be disappointed. Despite falling short in comparison (as everything Rowling does post-Potter would), it's more than a good read. It's a slow starter but once you are familiar with all the characters and their individual story lines, it becomes quite compelling. And to echo was pretty much everyone has said about The Casual Vacancy, Rowling obviously excels at writing teenagers.

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