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message 1: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Parsons Really? Are you going to write a review? I'd be interested in your thoughts, as some of your other reviews have been very insightful.

message 2: by Mary (new)

Mary I'm curious also. The synopsis seemed rather silly.

message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Mary, I did find the book to be pretty silly. I will put up a review.

message 4: by Carine (new)

Carine Sounds like Gossip Girl minus the fun. This is why I don't read fiction by living authors.

message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Oh my gosh Carine - you would hate this book so much! Maybe even to the point where you would enjoy reading it just for the emotional release.

But don't worry, I'm now reading Northanger Abbey.

message 6: by Carine (new)

Carine Enjoy!!! And give me a call when you're done with it. :)

message 7: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Thanks for saving me from reading this book (and also for the hilarious review)

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

thank you thank you! i HATED this book and everyone acts like she is the second coming of christ...

message 9: by Michele (new)

Michele Brenton Haven't read this book - but I'm glad it was written so I could read your review of it :) Will be giving the book a miss - thanks for the heads up.

message 10: by Ian (new)

Ian Grayejoy Love your review, but I'll read it anyway.

message 11: by Rodney (new)

Rodney I'm only a third of the way through, and already, I feel like I've wasted my time.

message 12: by Emma (new)

Emma Hey, are the stories in Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It interrelated like in Goon Squad or is it more just a collection of shorts?

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Emma - Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It is a simple collection of short stories... and I would argue that Goon Squad isn't all that interconnected.

message 14: by Emma (new)

Emma That's good to know, thanks! We pretty much have exactly opposite opinions about this book.

message 15: by Alice (new)

Alice Couldn't agree more, except that I found the Power Point the most irritating part of the whole book.. well, maybe at a close second to the General/PR chapter. Love your comparison of the book to the concert. What a load of shite!

message 16: by Shay (new)

Shay Mikalonis Your review was point on. I found the PowerPoint chapter to be unbearable.

message 17: by Hugh (new)

Hugh Theme:

I get that the theme is the passage of time and youthfulness lost. And I think the choice of music/PR people are perfect characters who fetishize youth (while denying that they'll ever lose it) and then render themselves obsolete as they naturally age. However, in the "dystopic future," Egan falls for her own conceit by making the "pointers" of children define current trends.

No. It's not that trends are set by younger and younger demographics. It's that trend setters age. I thought I knew the author's social commentary, but then she seems to have fallen for it herself in writing that the children of the trend setters become the trendsetters while still children. In this hyperbole, the author lost her distance from the characters by choosing that in the end. She herself seems to be believing what she was commenting on in the final chapters. Time is the goon, not the changing trends.

Voice and POV:

The 13 narrators idea is a bit of a writing class assignment made into a novel. I don't mind the concept, but the only thing that changes with each chapter is the point of view. WIth the two exceptions of the Jules Jones article and the power point chapter, the voice of the narrator does not change. Perhaps the ramblings of Scottie are a different voice from the other characters and the Uncle makes more art references off handedly, but the vocabulary and descriptiveness of each narrator is still Egan. Beautiful descriptions, but the same voice. Did they all think with the same style, descriptiveness and vocabulary?

A similar idea was executed much better in the youth book, "Wonder." I listened to in in the car with my 10 yo and 6 yo kids and some chapters were easily understood by the 6 yo, and others, she was lost. The voices of the narrating character and the vocabulary changed that much.

In "A Visit from the Good Squad" I began each chapter assuming it was another narrator, but unable to guess who until the expository elements informed me. So it was another character's point of view, but with the same (Egan's) voice.

I've read that the stories were not linear enough and disjointed. I disagree. They weren't distinct enough and the overarching theme (which was actually leading somewhere) crashed at the end, when the theme and the social commentary decided they agreed.

message 18: by Christena (new)

Christena Spot on. Hated it!

message 19: by Anne (new)

Anne Bryson Read the first two stories, decided life is too short to bother with the rest.

message 20: by Heather (new)

Heather S " not because they like the music, but because they have heard through social media that it is going to be a really great show. This is exactly how I felt about the book itself - I read some great reviews, I saw some friends mention it online, and i bought it without inquiring further. The one difference, I guess, is that the concert in the book ends up being good."

Yes!!! If the concert had been disappointing it would have been a perfect metaphor for the book itself.

Also, Pointers? really? Stupidest thing I've ever heard.

message 21: by Heather (new)

Heather S Also I will totally read the book you suggested, as well as "Wonder" suggested by Hugh

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