This is a really accurate representation of my and all my friends' current situation. It's funny, truthful and hopeful. It's a nice reminder that you'...moreThis is a really accurate representation of my and all my friends' current situation. It's funny, truthful and hopeful. It's a nice reminder that you're not going through your twenties alone.(less)
I just finished reading Megan Abott's The End Of Everything and really didn't enjoy it too much. So I'm not sure what I was thinking when I picked thi...moreI just finished reading Megan Abott's The End Of Everything and really didn't enjoy it too much. So I'm not sure what I was thinking when I picked this up at the library and recognized her name. I'm an absolute sucker for pretty/interesting looking covers. So I mean I guess I thought I just had to read it.
Unlike The End Of Everything, I couldn't even finish this book. It's one of those books that's very dark and everyone's got a lot of secrets and deeply-rooted insecurities and you think it's going to be interesting but it's not. Nothing happens, at least not in the first half of the book. Everyone is just weirdly angry and mean to each other. And Megan uses the "adult appears to sexually cross the line with a minor but it's not totally clear" storyline again. I kind of liked the sense that the girls weren't actually friends because sadly I think that's the case in highschool. I didn't become close with most of my highschool girlfriends until after we graduated. But otherwise we didn't really get a sense of what everyone's problem was. Why did Beth act the way she did? Why did Addy follow behind so loyally? What was Coach French so internally conflicted about? Also, WHERE ARE THE PARENTS? There is absolutely zero mention of family life. I am convinced that at the end of the day these girls press the "OFF" button hidden underneath their ponytails and spend the night lined up in a cheerleading shed somewhere like robots.
I guess I'll never know the answers because I just can't be bothered to read to the end to find out if they ever actually gets explained.(less)
I don't think there's anything more difficult than writing about someone who is an age that you are not. I've seen so many authors fail while trying t...moreI don't think there's anything more difficult than writing about someone who is an age that you are not. I've seen so many authors fail while trying to write about children, young teens, and young adults. I'm only 21 and I already find it hard to remember the way I acted as a thirteen year old, which is the age of the main character in this book, Lizzie.
The book is narrated by Lizzie in present tense. And because Megan Abbott writes so beautifully, it makes Lizzie sound much, much older than she is. But then when she actually speaks and interacts with other characters, I kept picturing her as no more than a seven year old. Which confused me a lot and I had to keep reminding myself that she was a blossoming teenager in order for things to make more sense.
Though the book is quite the page turner I'm not actually sure that I enjoyed it. There is a creepiness that hangs over the whole story. The strangely close relationship Lizzie has with her best friend's father. The borderline incestuous relationship he has with his oldest daughter. The secrets everyone keeps from their supposedly nearest and dearest. It's all very dark. Which is fine if there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but there isn't really one here. The three young girls in this book and their families will probably be scarred for the rest of their life. And that's kind of disturbing.(less)
I've always really disliked when something has so many rules that there ends up being no rules at all because they are constantly contradicting each o...moreI've always really disliked when something has so many rules that there ends up being no rules at all because they are constantly contradicting each other. Either have them or don't but don't do both. Maybe it's harder to understand this technique when you're reading about it instead of participating in it but I felt like throwing up my hands and yelling STEPHEN WANGH WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? I just feel like he's always answering his students' questions and telling them to do things that he already told them they shouldn't do and vice versa. I have taken away a couple things from this book, but they come from the students, not him. He seems like such a nice man but he is so annoying because he knows so exactly what he's talking about to a point where he seems like he doesn't know what he's talking about at all! And when they FINALLY got to the scene work I had to put the book down and walk away because all I could picture were his students flailing around on stage like idiots. I just don't... get it? For example, the part where two students did a scene and afterwards the woman told Stephen that she her impulse was to grab her partner but she felt like that would have been wrong and then Stephen was like, you're right, that would have been wrong (SINCE WHEN ARE THINGS WRONG IN ACTING?). And then I swear he somehow ended up telling her it was right and they redid the scene and she grabbed her partner and everyone clapped and I was like what. Is. Going. On. So, yeah. I don't know if I'm missing the whole point or what but I'm definitely not a fan of this "physical approach to acting."(less)
I think I expected this book to change my life. Which is a very large expectation. Turns out it didn't. However I don't know if that was the point. I...moreI think I expected this book to change my life. Which is a very large expectation. Turns out it didn't. However I don't know if that was the point. I think my whole problem is that I expect things like this to change my life when really the only thing that can change my life is me. And in realizing that perhaps this book did everything it was supposed to.(less)
I don't know what Mamet's thing is. He wants to push you up against a wall and scream into your face. Instead he wrote a book, but I still get the sam...moreI don't know what Mamet's thing is. He wants to push you up against a wall and scream into your face. Instead he wrote a book, but I still get the same feeling. He appears to be of the opinion that his way is the only way and that if you don't agree with him you are a moron. There is some insight buried underneath his one dimensional tirade, but it isn't worth the digging.(less)
I picked up this book because I secretly love the lives of fabulously wealthy people living in New York City. I had heard it was like Gossip Girl exce...moreI picked up this book because I secretly love the lives of fabulously wealthy people living in New York City. I had heard it was like Gossip Girl except it was a book full of boys. I have to disagree. I consider Gossip Girl a guilty pleasure--guilty because it's, of course, totally materialistic and shallow, but a pleasure because, for what it is, it has some sort of substance. This has nothing. It's fluff. The characters aren't interesting enough for me to care about. Arno is a complete womanizer who's supposed to be dreadfully handsome and all that, but he turns out to be very weak. David is a lumpy, mopey pile of laundry that was done about a week ago and has been sitting on a bed ever since because someone was too lazy to put it away. He cries a lot in public over his girlfriend who cheated on him with Arno which wasn't a huge surprise since she didn't seem to be very taken with David in the first place. He starts to get interesting near the end of the book for like five pages and then returns back to his lumpy, sweatshirty state. Patch is absent for the entire book up until around the last four chapters, and when he does show up it's barefooted and with a very vacant outlook on life. But that's apparently very cool according to Johnathan, who appears to be the narrator of the story and the leader of the group of boys. Probably because he's the only one who has his head on straight, minus the fact that he has feelings for a twelve year old. He was my favourite. I enjoyed the fact that he was obsessed with clothing and quite the shopaholic. Finally there's Mickey who's pretty much high on pain killers for the duration of the novel. He's the comic relief, I think. The boys don't think about much other than girls and hooking up, which they do often. The girls in this book, by the way, make me ashamed to call myself female. Overall, this book definitely wasn't worth the time and effort I put into reading it. I might read the second instalment of the Insiders to see if it gets any better, but I doubt it will.(less)
This was a very creepy book. It's about a girl named Marian who is slowly turning into a mermaid. I found the relationship between Marian and her doct...moreThis was a very creepy book. It's about a girl named Marian who is slowly turning into a mermaid. I found the relationship between Marian and her doctor, Dr. Longacre, creepy. He was always telling her how much he loved her and kissing her and joking about adopting her, sometimes right in front of her parents. Other things that were weird and unsettling were the fact that the way Marian and her best friend Kathy talked when they were 12 is the same way they talked when they turned 18 later in the book; that animal life seemed to take priority over human life; and most unsettling of all is that Marian didn't seem to mind in the least about all the pain and illness she was going through, and the fact that she would eventually have to leave her family. I was really weirded out by the ending, were Marian didn't even get to say goodbye to her family, and instead ended up forgetting the human language and her own name and her life on land and just went to snuggle in the sea with some sea lions while her family grieved on land. Just... really weird. Didn't leave me with a good feeling at all.(less)
Bad reviews of this book: OH MY GOD IT WAS LIKE WALKING THROUGH MOLASSES IN JANUARY. Good reviews of this book: It was slow start, BUT...
No. A truly go...moreBad reviews of this book: OH MY GOD IT WAS LIKE WALKING THROUGH MOLASSES IN JANUARY. Good reviews of this book: It was slow start, BUT...
No. A truly good book is good from the first word to the last word. Having to slog through 100 pages in order to get to the good part is nonsense. The first three chapters of this book (which is all I managed to get through) was like reading a Canadian history textbook. Canadian history being the most boring history in the entire world. Love my country to pieces, but the most exciting thing that's ever happened here is when they discovered Justin Bieber. I remember being in grade 10 and literally being bored to tears in my history class. That is what this book is, and I don't care how amazing the middle or end is, it's not worth the first 300 pages. (less)
Every practising actor should read this. I only found it a bit dull because I read it at the end of my college program so I had already learnt it all...moreEvery practising actor should read this. I only found it a bit dull because I read it at the end of my college program so I had already learnt it all over the course of the past two years. =)(less)
It was interesting two thirds of the way through but then I just wanted the mystery to be resolved and the book to end but it seemed to take a very lo...moreIt was interesting two thirds of the way through but then I just wanted the mystery to be resolved and the book to end but it seemed to take a very long time.(less)