The Worst Thing I've Done
Friends since earliest childhood, Annie, Jake, and Mason have a special bond. When Annie's parents die on the same night that she and Mason get married, the three friends decide to raise Annie's infant sister, Opal, together. But their bonds of intimacy, already entangled, become dangerously close, on the line. One fateful night, the three friends goad one another into cro...more
In reading this book, it is impressive h ...more
Told in flashbacks and using Annie, Mason, and Jake, (the best friend of Annie and Mason) as narrators, we learn the history of these three, best friends since childhood. We also learn of Annie's parents, and their tragic death while on the way home from Annie and Mason's wedding. Annie's mother was kept alive after the wreck just long ...more
Not so, and for several reasons.
First, I found Mason a completely unlikeable character, certifiable, and to use a word I haven't used since I was a kid, "icky". I detested him. And because I detested him, I couldn't have much feeling for Celeste.
Second, every time I started getting caught up in Hegi's lyrical writing that I truly like, she'd start a rant on the Iraq war. That jus ...more
I also felt that the Aunt and all of the political propaganda surrounding her entry in the story put me off. Another criticism of the narration -- I thought Aunt Stormy was supposed to be German, but the accent sounded more like she was from India! ARGH!
Difficult to feel any connection with the chara ...more
I'll say this. Mason is a complete tool. Very much did not like him or the way his personality operates. I love tha ...more
The problem is that I read this little by little, mostly at the end of ...more
Annie, Mason, and Jake have known each other since infancy, and have grown up completely attached to each other. But they also com ...more
This is a relentless story about three people: Annie Jake and Mason. They met in very early childhood because Jake’s mother ran a day care center and Annie and Mason were two of the children whose parents paid for day care. The three were friends, and yet competitors. Mason and Jake were always vying for Annie’s attention, and on some level, A ...more
I began to realize about three quarters of the way through that the writing style was not all that bothered me. One of the main characters seemed to me anyway, to be mentally ill, possibly b ...more
Hegi skillfully ties these bits and pieces of Mason's twisted yet sad mind into the tumble of each chapter, mainly showing the selfishness of the suicide vs. the selfishness of the survivors and also the coping and healing process that each character go ...more