In the bookstore I picked this up, skimmed the plot blurb, and nearly put it down until I saw that Daniel Handler is better known as Lemony Snicket. SIn the bookstore I picked this up, skimmed the plot blurb, and nearly put it down until I saw that Daniel Handler is better known as Lemony Snicket. So, because it sounded vaguely interesting and Snicket was somewhat of a guilty pleasure in junior high, I bought it. I didn't expect to like it much, especially when I found out how pretentious all the main characters were (who am I kidding, I love a pretentious teen), but I couldn't put it down. The characters were precocious and annoying, but they became likable when it became obvious how vulnerable they actually were. Starting the book, it all felt very familiar and then I realized that its very very similar to Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Nonetheless, I couldn't stop reading to find out just how Flannery was going to carry out the murder she admits to from the beginning.
My favorite thing about the novel is just how unreliable as a narrator is. I was always second-guessing what I was reading because she'd directly contradict herself in the next paragraph. The twist at the end was very Chuck Palanuick....more