This is definitely a different type of book and one that won't necessarily work for everybody, but it did work for me. I Crawl Through It isn't an inThis is definitely a different type of book and one that won't necessarily work for everybody, but it did work for me. I Crawl Through It isn't an in your face easy read, it's a read between the lines and quietly shouts at you type of book.
This story isn't really an easy one to describe. It is told from three perspectives Stanzi, China, and Lansdale. These three are all friends who in each their own way need help. There's a lot of psychological things going on with each and every character and honestly I am not even sure if I fully grasped the depth of their needs. The story takes us through numerous events like an invisible helicopter ride, bomb threats, and a naked bush man. Even though I am not sure what each event really signified I can tell each one was a huge moment and I felt like I was meant to remember them.
So you can see this is not something I fully understand, but at the same time I felt its greatness. There are always these hidden books that affect me and make me ponder the story and characters long after I put the book down. A.S. King has managed to do this and I know I will still be thinking about this book next year and the years to come after that. I find I might do a little digging and research to see if I can find out what the author was really trying to portray in her beautiful writing.
Like I said this book won't be for everyone. I definitely had to be in the mood for this type of read because sometimes I want things screaming at me, but this time I really did want something a little more quiet that would make me think. If you are looking for something different that takes care and time to understand this is for you.
On a side note for some reason this felt very Aussie to me and I am not sure why. I kept thinking this took place in Australia, but I was so very wrong. So if you like Aussie authors you just might like this as well.
I am not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I really have to give the author credit for originality, but on the other I am just not surI am not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand I really have to give the author credit for originality, but on the other I am just not sure my imagination can go where the author wants me to go. Let me try and explain...
I sent this text to my reading buddy..."A Pharaoh sends its soul to a human in order to return to Earth. Now there are 2 souls living in one body and the Pharaoh basically has domination over that human body now. And when that said human/Pharaoh has steamy time with another blended person there are basically 4 people having steamy time"...does that make sense to you? I am honestly still trying to grasp the whole blended two people in one body scenario here. I liked Docia and I liked Ram, but then you throw in Vincent the host for Ram and Docia's carbon (the Egyptian soul that has set up camp in her body) and my feelings go wonky.
I started feeling bad for Vincent and Docia because it seems like they basically get taken over by these other souls. Ram is obviously the dominate one in his situation and it makes me wonder what will happen to Docia, the one he loves?? I know he is connected to her other soul, but it just feels weird! It's like there are four people in this relationship and for me that's two too many. I don't know if I will ever be okay with this. Maybe I have read too many sci fi books where the aliens take over the human body and that's my hang up. I just can't see this as good because Docia will lose herself. How can this work??!
All that aside the author does have an original idea. The whole Egyptian mythology was really interesting and I am definitely going to continue on for at least one more book to see what the author has up her sleeve. I think I know because of how things ended, but I am really curious to see how a certain soul will retrieve his soulmate.
The only other thing that bothered was the transitions. They were all really awkward and it always took me a few sentences to catch up and realize I was reading from somebody elses POV and more often than not in a completely different scene. This made the book feel clunky and clumsy.
So if you can get past the whole two souls in one body you might want to give this a go. I also know that with this genre it always takes me at least two to three books to really get into the story so maybe that's it too. I have definitely read stranger things so I won't write this one off yet....more
This really didn't work for me and I am honestly half blaming the synopsis. I've found lately that with several books the synopsis given does not in fThis really didn't work for me and I am honestly half blaming the synopsis. I've found lately that with several books the synopsis given does not in fact match the book at all. This is the case with What We Knew. The synopsis in my opinion promises creepy stalker craziness and what this book delivers is actually troubled teenagers who have been abused. Sooo not the same thing at all and I really wonder who writes those synopsis'!
I'm not saying this would have worked more for me if the synopsis actually matched the book, but it is hard for me to switch gears when I settle in to read something. I am a mood reader so I pick my books based on what I want at the moment and I think I would have chosen to read this at a different time if I had known it was going to be incredibly heavy. My previous book left me wanting something creepy and a palette cleanser and this just wasn't it. It is a very heavy book that deals with very heavy issues. Yes there is a creep factor sort of in it but it really takes a back seat to what's really going on with Tracy and her friends.
Like I said the whole going in and switching gears wasn't the only reason why this didn't work for me. I found each and every character to be annoying. Tracy was whiny and yes I know she went through something very traumatic, but she was just not somebody I could root for. She ended up being very hypocritical by the middle of the book and when that happened I lost respect for her. There was no reason to do what she did and she didn't even really feel bad about it until the blow up happened. I just really couldn't connect with her.
The other characters weren't any better. Lisa was mean and grouchy which again I now know the reason for her mood swings, but I just can't forgive some of her actions. Gabe, Trey and Adam weren't likeable at all either. They just seemed like your typical stoner high schoolers and while I am on the subject there is a lot of drinking and drugs in this. I was honestly appalled at how much substance abuse was used through this book. Where were the parents??! These activities actually happened in someones home! That to me is a plot hole I would have liked explained more.
I think the author chose to focus too much on teenage drama in the beginning and lost me by the middle. The end of the book was actually brilliant and really made me wish the beginning would have been just as brilliant. Looking back I can see clues to where the story was ultimately going, but the execution just stunk. I adore Barbara Stewart and this won't be my last book by her, but man this was a let down....more