This is the hugest book I own, omg. If it fell on your head YOU WOULD DIE. I bought it at the awesome second-hand book shop in Camberwell, opposite th...moreThis is the hugest book I own, omg. If it fell on your head YOU WOULD DIE. I bought it at the awesome second-hand book shop in Camberwell, opposite the Rivoli, partly because after asking the guy to help me get it down (from a very high shelf) so that I could look at it, I was too embarrassed to then ask him to put it back :P But for $15, soooo worth it! It's amazing and will keep you going for hours.(less)
Soundtrack to this book: Every Heartbeat, because the love interest's name was Aimee Grant... song popped back into my head every time I read her name...moreSoundtrack to this book: Every Heartbeat, because the love interest's name was Aimee Grant... song popped back into my head every time I read her name! It was one of my childhood favourites though so that was cool :)
I LOVED this book!! Definitely my favourite of the series so far, which was funny considering Beth thought I wouldn't like it and it's her least favourite of the first four. It was my favourite though because of the awesome communism/HUAC angle to the crime. We learned a little about HUAC in one of my film classes, and I was also interested in the communism 'scare' from when I worked on Pack of Lies, so a lot of the background in this story absolutely fascinated me. I also found the mystery to be extremely engaging and the other characters to be extremely vivid. Hazel was especially fun, what with her four urns of Jerome's ashes, which she kept in different rooms so she didn't have to carry him around to talk to him. For important discussions though she'd get all of the urns all together in the one room so she could talk to him all at once... hee!
One thing that surprised me was how Kate didn't know what HUAC was at first. She was over 40 in the mid-80s, I learned about that when I was a teenager in the 21st century! Oh god I loved all the name dropping too though, real names mixed in with fictional ones when discussing who had informed, and who had been informed on. There was some real history in there, a LOT of facts, and it was fascinating.
As usual though, I could have done without the romance. After three books it just feels too formulaic - there's a murder, one of the witnesses happens to be gay, she and Kate sleep together after two days. I actually ended up skipping the sex scenes here because I really didn't care, nor did I buy it. Kate spent the first half of the book (which btw spans all of about 36 hours) lusting after Paula. Then she's visited by Paula's niece, Aimee, who she's barely noticed. And like ten minutes later they're in bed. I've said it before, I'd really like these books more if they were just decent murder-mysteries, where the lady cop happens to be gay. She doesn't have to go and sleep with a different witness each time, does she?! After all of two days...
Although I must confess that I did warm to Aimee eventually, probably because after that the time actually passed at a fair speed and by the end of the book, they'd been together for over a month. So this one, despite its beginnings, is a lot more solid. Now let's just keep Aimee around so that Kate can quit sleeping with her witnesses, okay?!
I was a little let-down by the ending, and the eventual capture of the killer. (view spoiler)[Who, in case I forget, was Dorothy. (hide spoiler)] It seemed a little removed from Kate and Taylor, sort of a hasty post-script.
One other thing that made me exclaim with disbelief was the whole "dumb mistake" over Dorothy Brennan's name:
Kate: How could her [married] name be Brennan if her husband had English parents? Me: Um... wtf?
Apparently Brennan is an exceedingly Irish name. So Irish, in fact, that it's completely unfeasible for ANY English person to be called Brennan! Seriously? THAT'S your logic?! That there can't possibly be any Brennans living in the entire of England who aren't fresh off the boat from Ireland? (Oh yeah, and of course the husband's surname was the very English Smythe. Stereotypes abound...)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So many of my favourite films were thanks to Gainsborough - I loved having this book to read! Classic British cinema is just so fascinating, so differ...moreSo many of my favourite films were thanks to Gainsborough - I loved having this book to read! Classic British cinema is just so fascinating, so different to Hollywood.(less)
Absolutely loved this! I nearly started reading the second book right away too, but then made myself stop because I need to finish my A-Z challenge fi...moreAbsolutely loved this! I nearly started reading the second book right away too, but then made myself stop because I need to finish my A-Z challenge first!
I thought Viola herself was an awesome character, she was so much fun to read about. I thoroughly enjoyed her New York vs. Indiana snobbery ;) Although sometimes her spoiled brattiness made me go whoa, like when she just expected her parents to drive out (from Brooklyn to Indiana!) to collect her and Marisol from school. But she gets bonus points for her love of screwball comedies; The Awful Truth is one of my absolute favourites as well! I was really interested in all her film-making as well, it's not a hobby you read much about in YA novels, so that was really cool.
(One random thing, I have never heard anyone say "waiting on line" as in queuing up before this book! I'd say waiting *in* line, unless it was something internet-related, then you'd be waiting online. XD That kept striking me as odd every single time I read it.)
Wowzers, Jared Spencer was such a sore loser as well o.O although prior to that, their romance really was rather cute. Bah, he sucks.
I loved Viola's roommates as well, they were such a fun bunch to read about, as was the whole boarding school experience! I'm intrigued to see if she stays at Prefect now her year is up, or if the second book is back in Brooklyn with Andrew...(less)