I think . . . no more school shooting books. For me, anyway. School shooting keep happening in real life, and we're not doing anything about it, and tI think . . . no more school shooting books. For me, anyway. School shooting keep happening in real life, and we're not doing anything about it, and this just wasn't needed.
And it's awful that I can sit here and criticize the realism of the book because I've seen this play out so often.
Also, I found the social media posts mostly unrealistic and in poor taste. People are jerks, sure, but a bit less so when the tragedy is actually unfolding....more
Kind of mixed feelings about this one. I generally enjoyed it, but . . . the world building was vague in a lot of ways. I don't know that I ever di3.5
Kind of mixed feelings about this one. I generally enjoyed it, but . . . the world building was vague in a lot of ways. I don't know that I ever did get a grasp on "the Circle" and the enclosed/unenclosed slang.
And the relationships . . . Spoilers here, I guess. (view spoiler)[The main character is in what seems to be a committed relationship with another woman, but she sleeps with a random guy and gets pregnant, and everyone is just fine with it. (I mean, relationship-wise. There are other plot issues.) And, well, I guess I wanted it to be a discussion or at least make it more explicit that Annice and Staysa had an open relationship. (Maybe everyone who isn't partnered is in an open relationship???? Maybe the partnered people are too???? I can roll with that, but TELL ME.) (Of course, this book is twenty over years old . . .) (hide spoiler)]
So I guess there were enough nagging details that I couldn't fully embrace the book. I don't think I'll read more in the series, but I might read more Huff.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Mmmmm. Some mixed feelings about this one. For one thing, I DID feel a little betrayed that the author is married. No, she is not one of us. And I'veMmmmm. Some mixed feelings about this one. For one thing, I DID feel a little betrayed that the author is married. No, she is not one of us. And I've never been one who takes comfort from other people who have defeated the same challenges I face. We might both be/have been single, but I have other reasons for being that way.
The other thing is . . . It didn't entirely fit the single person I am. Nobody asks me why I'm single. I think some of that is just regional. The Pacific Northwest is pretty "live and let live" or at least "live and silently judge." And I'm not out there, I've never really been out there, so, yeah, a guy is going to have to drop in my lap and even then, I'd probably be too scared to do anything about it.
But . . .
I did really like the descriptions of single life. How it's hard because you have to do everything yourself. A lot of times at work, I just find myself really wishing I had someone I could call and ask to run to the store for me. And heavy groceries like kitty litter often sit in my car for WEEKS. (I think I have some laundry detergent in my trunk now, if anyone wants to go grab that?)
But then there are the positive sides of being single. I spent the last two weeks in Disney World and New York City. It was nice to be able to do that without consulting anyone. I get to make all my decisions myself.
Oh, and I know I also said I resented that the author was married, but I did appreciate her talking about how, actually, it wasn't that hard to transition to life as a couple! I've certainly felt that feeling she talks about, that I am just doomed because I missed out on learning how to be a couple when I was in high school or college or whenever.
(And I don't know if I want to get married. I certainly used to and I don't know if I've given up or simply changed my mind.)...more