Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You
Senior year, their last year together, Merissa and Nadia need their best friend Tink more than they ever did before. They have secr...more
"...at her heaviest, she'd weighed 119 pounds -- horrible! (Nadia was just five feet four inches tall.) By the start of the fall term she'd managed to get her weight down to 111, which was still high -- her goal was ninety-eight..." (p 201)
Nadia had been described as chubby, round, flabby, etc, and when I got to that description, I just lost it. I tried really hard to plow through, though. I assume that though it is the narrator spe...more
There is a number of things wrong with this. First of all the writing it, for the most part, a jumbled mess. It's a series of run on sentences separated by even longer parenthesis. I mean by the time you get to the end of the sentence you've already forgot where you were when it started. All th...more
The book is told from multiple perspectives in the afterm...more
The first half of the book alone would have gotten two stars. It's melodramatic and extremely sentimental, but Merissa's story was the more realistic. Her's is the typical straight A, perfect blond that everyone loves but who is secretly unhappy. Blah blah. Despite her being somewhat unlikeable, I was actually moved by her story.
Nadia is SO FAT. She's--gasp--119 pounds at her heaviest and 5'4"! I know the point is for the reader to realize she isn't fat and pity her, but everyone in the book com...more
In Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, a somewhat unconventional Young Adult novel, Joyce Carol Oates explores the pressures and experiences of the senior year of high school for several friends. First, let me say that I am always amazed that Joyce Carol Oates manages to produce the volume of work that she does. I am in awe that one woman is so prolific and that so much of it is just so engaging and well written. But it strikes m...more
I received an ARC copy through a book blogger exchange program: ARCycling.
Unfortunately, I just wasn't able to finish this. Or really ever get into it, for that matter. I'm sure this book is right up someone's alley but sadly, just not mine. I'm not going to write a review because, well, I didn't finish it. I do want to mention why it didn't work for me, however. Needless to say, the things that weren't for me might be things you love about novels. So here we go:
1. The writing was...more
I really appreciate the authors who step up and shine lights on some of the not so pretty aspects of being a teen. I applaud them for having the ability to show teens that they are not alone in their struggle. There is someone out there - even if it's just a fictional someone - that understands their pain. These novels are critical and contain lessons that teens need, but they are often heartbreaking and difficult to...more
While this book is very readable and incredibly difficult to put down, it's really not very...more
It is only in the minds of our narrators, Merissa, the over-achieving golden girl, and Nadia, uncertain and innocent, that we get to know Tink Traumer, the mysterious girl who showed up one day at Quaker Heights High School and changed their lives forever. All of them. Merissa, Nadia, Chloe, Hannah and sometimes Anita Chang. But, now Tink is d**d.
Joyce Carol Oates writes the most chilling type of fiction, no matter what the sub...more
The book started off a little slow for me. There was a lot of character development in the beginning and not so much sto...more
Rating Clarification: 1.5 / 5
At first glance, the blurb definitely gives a sense of mystery, especially one around Tink. It seemed to me that Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You would be a touching story, full of emotion. While the stories presented in the book, to an extent, touched me, I found that the writing did not appeal to my tastes...
The book is mainly divided into three parts, covering the stories of Merissa, Tink, and Nad...more
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Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You was one of the most frustratingly good books that I have read in a long time. It was frustrating because the language was weird-- a mish mash of italics, parentheses, and run-on sentences. It was good because I felt like I could relate to Nadia and Merissa, and maybe even Tink in my own way.
They are three very different girls with very different problems, but they all relate to each other, and they all knew...more
What?! Seriously. I am not really sure what I even just read. It was a jumbled mess of conceited teenage narration. Merissa makes me want to ring her neck...she totally knows what it's like to be hungry because "Merissa could go without eating for hours...". Well congratulations! You don't have to...more
Joyce Carol Oates books generally focus on the vulnerability of women and what can happen to them when they least expect it, especially if they wander into situations or places they are physically or emotionally unprepared to handle. Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, the author’s latest Young Adult novel (said to be appropriate for readers 14 and up), is a cautionary reminder that women first enter this danger zone as girls – when peer pressure and a desire to “fit in” make them especial...more
Merissa, the one who seems like the perfect girland has so many great things ahead of her. The girl who many are jealous o...more
It's too bad, because in terms of stylistic writing, with the jumbled flowing sentences, I actually liked that.
But the constant change of perspectives, with little or no warning, I could not tolerate. At all.
One 'chapter' you're in Merissa's pov. The next some random girl who is never even identified. Sometimes in an omniscient pov. I don't get it. There's no rhyme or reason for the switches.
I started this book with high hopes on a realistic, emotional story about a girl who has to make her way through high school after her best friend killed herself.
But it wasn't, I felt like it were just random sentences packed up together to a 'story'. The main character pissed me off big time most of the time, by talking bad about everybody and saying shit about e...more