Okay, I read this book in the third grade and was so incredibly enthralled by it, I thought I'd pick it up again now that I'm in college. I guess I doOkay, I read this book in the third grade and was so incredibly enthralled by it, I thought I'd pick it up again now that I'm in college. I guess I don't have the same attention span I did when I was younger (Oh, that's horrible) because I found myself putting this book down often. Maybe it's because of the shallow relationship between Christine and Raoul, or perhaps it's their foolishness and naivete, but I was turned off by the characters, found them unendearing, and was bored to tears. The premise is still fascinating and it's a total classic, but this time around, I couldn't commit to reading it all the way through. I give this reading two stars now, but in the third grade, I probably would have given it a four or a five. HA!...more
**spoiler alert** WOW ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I wasn't expecting that much from this book, but it was at least okay to read. Y'know, until the horrible**spoiler alert** WOW ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I wasn't expecting that much from this book, but it was at least okay to read. Y'know, until the horrible ending. How did Bannon think readers would react to that ending? "Oh, my hot, glitzy cougar girlfriend dumped me, so I'm going back to the redhead who loves me unconditionally, even though I don't love her back." It's just painful to read it. I like Beebo for most of the book, but the ending made me think of her as a selfish moron.
Really now, did she really have to storm the party? I know this is making a statement on how homosexuality had to be repressed and concealed from society, but she is so dumb. Like really dumb. And then you watch her retreat home to her pitiful lover who "loves" her because she was nice to her when she was dumped.
Paula, you're an idiot. Beebo, you're an idiot.
UGH. UGH UGH UGH.
ALSO, THE ENDING LINES WERE AWFUL. "I have to spoil you to know what love is MWAH MWAH MWAH. I WILL AVOID YOUR QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER I LOVED VENUS OR NOT BY SMOTHERING YOU IN KISSES. MWAH!" ...more
This book was poor quality fan fiction type writing that was difficult to read. "Miles looked at Rose. 'I'm sure you're father is right.'"
WOW. REALLY?This book was poor quality fan fiction type writing that was difficult to read. "Miles looked at Rose. 'I'm sure you're father is right.'"
WOW. REALLY? How could that slip by as okay? And her "unceremonious dump on the floor" just sounds awful. Why did she have to say "dump?" Why couldn't she have said "spill?" I mean, read that sentence. What do you think of when Rose takes a "dump" on the floor? Really.
The character was wholly unendearing. "Oh wah. He saw me fall on the floor. I am so angry. I fell on the floor. This is not okay!" She is whiny, angsty and boring. I would not like to hear her thoughts for the rest of the book. I would not like to hear Miles' weak voice either. "I feel so bad! Aw, she fell on the floor. Wah wah wah." All characters of this book are simple, stock characters that no reader should feel drawn to or care about.
Furthermore, the writing is oversimplistic. This is something a third grader would write. Instead of focusing on the romantic tension between Rose and Miles in the introduction, Humphreys instead talks about the "golden, flakey crust" of the pie and how Rose keeps stirring the stew. It is awful. I would never want to read a book from Humphreys or Walnut Press again.
Okay. Hi. I'm just going to bitch about how bad this book is now. If you liked this book and/or are a Fitch worshipper, don't read this. But I'm funnyOkay. Hi. I'm just going to bitch about how bad this book is now. If you liked this book and/or are a Fitch worshipper, don't read this. But I'm funny nonetheless. Deal with it.
To begin with, I'm so thoroughly disappointed with Fitch's inability to create a likeable protagonist. I mean, kudos to what you got for "White Oleander" (which I didn't read, and probably won't), but this book is just complete and utter shit.
Problem One with The Protagonist: "Oh my God. I'm such a nonconformist. While everyone is mourning over John Lennon's death, I'm going to mourn over the loss of some unnamed artist guy down the street. Yeah. That's what I do. Oh my God. I'm so sick of hearing the same Beatles song over and over. Why are we feeling bad for a guy that got ASSASSINATED, when we should be mourning the guy that committed SUICIDE? WHY IS EVERYONE SO STUPID!" Okay. You are a stupid hipster. I didn't know hipsters were supposed to exist back then, but apparently, Josee is. God damned hipsters.
Problem Two with The Protagonist: "Oh my GOD! My boyfriend committed suicide in a hotel room? Oh my God. MY LIFE sucks. Why would HE do this to ME! Woe is me! God. What is his mother going to say to me! It isn't my fault! UGH! HOW ANNOYING. 'I MISS HIM LIKE FIRE.'" LOL. OKAY. THE "MISSED HIM LIKE FIRE" thing is an actual line in the book, which is pretty embarrassing on Fitch's part. How can you miss fire? What the hell is that even supposed to mean? I suppose it's an attempt at being poetic, but couldn't she do better than "FIRE?" UGH. Josee whines so much and is so self-centered.
Problem Three with The Protagonist: "UGH! At his funeral. I'm so high right now. WOW. SO HIGH. Because I need weed to get through this funeral. Why is everyone staring at me?? I mean, I'm just wearing a YELLOW FUR COAT to stand out in this drab crowd. Why is everyone wearing black and mourning? I'm going to be a nonconformist and just sit here in my yellow fur coat and pout. Everyone should stop being jealous of me." JOSEE, YOU ARE AT A FUNERAL. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?...more
**spoiler alert** HEHE. Oh man. This was my favorite book in fifth grade. That part about that witch who made the rats eat each other used to drive me**spoiler alert** HEHE. Oh man. This was my favorite book in fifth grade. That part about that witch who made the rats eat each other used to drive me insane. Fantastically written and whimsical. I can't help but smile when remembering it....more