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Preview — Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates
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
After I finished it, I regretted I bought this book and it was friggin' expensive (RM 34.90) for a story that I don't even understand and characters I can't connect. I'm highly disappointed, alright. I liked the subject matters (suicide, insecurities etc) but the writing style, it isn't my cuppa tea. It is not recommended but if you insist, read on your own peril.
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
STRUCTURE: Two of Three Things I Forgot To Tell You is split into three sections. The first, Prologue: Tink deals with Merissa Carmichael, a high school senior who has been self-harming since her best friend Katrina (Tink) committed suicide six mo ...more
Like some of the other reviewers, I was also really bothered by the main characters' obsession with weight. I ...more
Oh Christ on a Kabob, I hated this book so much. But I'll get to that. So, this book is about Merissa (not Melissa, not Marissa, no matter how many times I misread her name) and Naomi, two girls only related through their shared friendship with the now dead Tink. Tink committed suicide earlier in the year and her ghost hangs over the shattered lives of her friends.
I don't mean that metaphorically. Like, her ghost hangs around. Not in a spooky way. M ...more
Firstly the sentence structure seemed off and strange, e.g. there was a lot of long, dragged out sentences that disrupted the natural flow of reading the novel.
Also, the change in narrators and tenses confused me. I felt like as a reader I was introduced into one concept of the novel and then abruptly changed to another plot line or something else without understanding the first con ...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