A bibliophile and YA addict stuck in the awkward stage of becoming an "adult"
I may write a more detailed review later on, but for now, suffice it to say I am incredibly intrigued by this series. I considered the plot predictable and thought I had it all figured out until I reached the middle of the book. Guys, don't quit early on this book, because things get CRAZY and awesome and interesting just after the middle. This is when the characters really develop and come into their own, the main character most of all. I will definitely be reading the second book because I'm dying to know what's next!
This book is just delightful (not a word I use often, but well-earned)! I couldn't stop smiling, even as I was crying at some points. I never thought I'd be so emotional over this book, but I can't stop myself from gushing about it to everyone around me.
I can't even pinpoint exactly what sold this book for me. I love the literary and bookstore references, I love the characters, I love the writing and twists. (There I go gushing again.) Seriously, though, this book will blow you away. It has a perfect mixture of humor, sadness, reality, imagination, simplicity, complexity--really everything that makes a great story. And I don't think this can be classified as just adult fiction, since I think teens and YA readers will love this too. Honestly, anyone who loves books will love this one.
Thank you to Knopf Doubleday for providing me with an advance digital copy of this book!
I've never been so intrigued and entertained by literary criticism. This book was like a trip down Nostalgia Lane, re-meeting my childhood heroines and stories, and I loved sharing Ellis' connections and memories with each book. That alone would have made this a hit for me; yet my true love comes from Ellis' adult response to every story. This is where Ellis as a writer and a critic and a woman shines. She's not too cowardly to admit her younger self might have missed some things or idolized faulty situations. She tackles every character with an eye both fresh and nostalgic, seeing the good she loved and the bad she missed or glossed over (or even the good she missed). And I was with her every step of the way, from Anne Shirley to No March to the Little Mermaid. I learned so much from this book, and I can't wait to reread and rethink over the stories that made me who I am.
Check out all eleven books I bought last month! (Yes, I did say eleven. I have a problem.)
A full review is on its way! Just know in the meantime that this book is spectacular and a must read for any lover of realistic fiction.
(I'm sorry for the lack of detail in this review--I read the book weeks ago and don't have notes to look back on!)
This book is geniusly written and completely unique. It's hard to give a synopsis or description that doesn't give too much away, but in a hugely broad and general sense, this book questions family loyalty and moral values through exploring a family's reactions to a tragic crime.
I was very confused throughout the first half of the book, due to the sporadically changing setting and unreliable narrative, but I encourage anyone who plans to read this book to keep going if you feel frustrated. It is ultimately worth it at the end.
Anyone who loves suspense, psychological thrillers, and philosophical and moral exploration should definitely give this book a chance!