Yes, this was really awful. Let me say though that I picked this up very excitedly. I was expecting something like saved (the movie) or the virgin suiYes, this was really awful. Let me say though that I picked this up very excitedly. I was expecting something like saved (the movie) or the virgin suicides (another movie) or somewhere in between. I have been dying for something supernatural that is based somewhere in the catholic faith with saints and crosses and rosary's and bad girls! But, this is definitely not that. It's like gossip girl with a few supernatural elements and religion.
First of all the writing was awful. It was bizarre and not in a good way. She often repeated herself within the same page and the dialogue was cheesy and unrealistic. She often crammed so many adjectives into a sentence, that a paragraph would be one sentence. Not to mention that it was awkward to read. There was no emotion in any of the writing or interactions between the characters. It felt as if she was writing a recipe and would simply state things. I don't mind books which aren't written well, everyone needs brain candy, but they at least need a good story to keep me interested.
The characters were impossible to relate to, unrealistic, and honestly I just didn't care what happened to them. One girl tried to kill herself because her boyfriend broke up with her (I would totally buy and except this if this was a virgin suicide kind of story but it's not). The second girl moved to New York to be a famous rock star (sometimes sounds more like a pop star) and is succeeding. And the third girl is a paris hilton in the sense that she is making herself famous for doing nothing. Her daddy supports her but she spends the money on clothes and jewelry she can't afford. All three of the girls are incredibly shallow and not very interesting to read about. I was very disappointed. Plus side...the cover is gorgeous! ...more
I loved the concept of this book. It's definitely realistic and a terrifying story. I had some issues with the characters, I wish there has been at leI loved the concept of this book. It's definitely realistic and a terrifying story. I had some issues with the characters, I wish there has been at least one more middle school kid for some balance between the ages, and I had some issues with the lack of full swear words but yet there was a scene with a large amount of sexual content.
So, I really went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. I ultimately decided on 3 because I felt that Emmy Laybourne had an identity crisis. Some parts of the book she says ass others she says a--hole. She basically has a sex scene but won't say shit. I feel like this could have been a middle reader book if she didn't want to swear and she would have had to cut out some sexual content or she could have had swear words, kept the adult scenes, sexual content and then it would be clearly a YA novel. Either way she needed to pick one and go with it. The editor should have stepped in too, at least to keep some consistency with the word ass. Overall I still really like the story. I wasn't sure I loved the direction that it went in the end, although it is plausible. I'm looking forward to see what direction the next one goes. ...more