I really don't know how to rate this book. I gave it 3 stars but I don't know if that's entirely accurate for how I feel about it as I'm having a bitI really don't know how to rate this book. I gave it 3 stars but I don't know if that's entirely accurate for how I feel about it as I'm having a bit of a love/hate relationship with it right now.
The beginning drew me in and I thought I would love the novel. I liked seeing what made the unnamed protagonist into an icy woman but from that point on it was a downward spiral.
The middle of the book is so boring and felt so long, despite this being a pretty short book. The protagonist develops more after she's struck by lightning but her relationship with Lazarus was not at all interesting which is what most of the book focused on. Lazarus's character is never properly developed and yet the whole middle of the book is about their supposedly erotic affair. It completely fell flat and was not interesting to read about.
Then the end of the book hit me hard. The relationship between the protagonist, Nina, and Ned was so moving and made me wish the whole book had been written about those characters. I cried for the last 10 pages or so, which is surprising for me because not only did I hate most of the book but I rarely cry at books anyway. Hoffman's prose was beautiful at the end and the ending alone was able to bump my initial rating up from 1.5 stars to 3. It made me question how I view life and death....more