I was excited going into this, and it started out well. It was interesting and very poetic, the words just flying through my head. But eventually I re...moreI was excited going into this, and it started out well. It was interesting and very poetic, the words just flying through my head. But eventually I realized that there is no story. It is entirely a novel of observation and detailing the ways of life and how people are affected by the events of the world. The main character has almost no characterization that distinguishes her from the rest and it almost becomes a novel written in the plural POV. Indeed, a part was written with we as the subject, and then another with they. So without anything to latch onto it felt impersonal which made it uncomfortable to feel detached from the story when the story is an important one to tell. (less)
I went through this novel so fast I didn't even have a chance to mark my page progress. It's also very short, but the fact that I read it between two...moreI went through this novel so fast I didn't even have a chance to mark my page progress. It's also very short, but the fact that I read it between two 12 hour work days says something about it.
The length of this novel was perfect. One more word and it may have crossed into sentimentality or moroseness. It's a pretty straightforward and familiar theme told in a very unique and natural voice.
I loved how one scene repeated and in my head expanded with the new information about the characters and the story gleaned from getting farther into the story. I loved the focus on the characters. Any other less stellar author would have focused on Kitty Finch with everyone else a side character of no consequence, but in the end you realize you are learning about all the other characters as well.
Man I wanted to love this book so much! Aaaand it just didn't happen. I thought it was like a very capably written Dickens novel, even tighter. I just...moreMan I wanted to love this book so much! Aaaand it just didn't happen. I thought it was like a very capably written Dickens novel, even tighter. I just didn't care about what happened. I liked the chapter synopses, and I thought it was kind of cool how they changed towards the end. Oh and was all the astrological stuff supposed to mean something? Like did they correspond to things? If so, way over my head! ETA: Thank you Goodreads for explaining it to me. I feel like I would have gotten it if I cared. But I didn't really. (less)
I thought this was ok. The problem was..the writing I think. The story should have been interesting but was told in a very unsophist...more2.5 stars really.
I thought this was ok. The problem was..the writing I think. The story should have been interesting but was told in a very unsophisticated way, in my opinion. There wasn't really a difference that I could tell between the grown woman in Canada and the teenage girl in Japan. And the solution came about through the classic copout literature has fallen into in history.
I didn't like the back and forth between the two narrators. It made it feel like you have the story, and the a rehashing of the story by the woman reading the diary. I didn't like that Ruth doesn't come into her own as a character and Oliver seems a whiny soundboard for her rants. I also don't believe that with all of her interest in the diary that she reads it in what over 2 weeks? A month? I don't know, I read most of this today, so what is she, the worlds slowest reader, even if she is doing it in real time? Wouldn't you think that maybe the information you are looking for might come later in the book, rather than running to the internet? It just didn't ring true. And there were all these hints that she wasn't happy and wanted to go back to NY which were never explored, Oliver was sick but what was it?
I read it in a day, but mostly because I felt like I wouldn't ever finish it if I didn't sprint through it. Very disappointing, especially since I've worked so hard to find it without buying it. I almost did, and I'm glad I finally found it at the library!(less)