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Scene after scene falls flat, and the tough-guy banter wouldn't even put a scare into Angela Lansbury.
They whip up the drama, but the song falls flat as they take turns wailing the fairly innocent words of a betrayal note: "You're cute; give me a call.
Despite the same setting and same essential plot elements as the Gossip Girl books, Minter's book falls flat by comparison.
In this sense, the book falls flat, though oftentimes, quite gracefully.