First, I just killed a spider and now I have those creepy crawly chills! It was headed straight for my dog. Despite that, she’s not very happy with me since she likes to collect spiders as friends. I still remember her first BFF. I’d just gotten into bed when she came in and jumped up on my legs and put something on the blanket. I almost ignored it but forced myself to check, and there on my back was a huge huntsman spider! It was all curled up, pretending to be dead. I stealthily slid free from my blankets and ran screaming from my room. That was the first of many sacrificial spiders that she offered me.
But anyways, back to my original point. I’m guessing from your constant negative use of the word ‘contrived’ that you don’t actually know what it means. So I’m here to help.
Here is my definition:
Nimble (you know who I’m talking about)
I’ve been side tracked
So you see, Night Flower, it’s actually a good thing. Your book is so contrived.