I wasn't crazy about this book in the beginning but still found it hard to put down, wanting to know how it would end. I even began to really like itI wasn't crazy about this book in the beginning but still found it hard to put down, wanting to know how it would end. I even began to really like it after the first 100 pages or so. Now that I've finished it, I'm not so sure. There were a lot of things that I felt went unexplained, including some things that I felt I needed to know.
Did Emily Gold kill herself or did her boyfriend and bestfriend, Christopher Harte murder her? Did she want to die or did she tell him something that made him think that she should? These questions were answered. Others were not.
Too much was left unsaid. I understand that life's like that sometimes. You don't always get the answers to your questions and I suppose that's where the author was coming from. However, there was ample opportunity to answer the questions for the reader, if not for the main characters. I understand why they might never find out the 'whys'. I do not understand why we, as readers, do not.
All in all, it was an okay book but in the end, it just left me feeling empty and wondering, is that it?...more
This book is captivating. I love that each character has not only it's only voice but their own font. Is definitely a make-you-think book. Have heardThis book is captivating. I love that each character has not only it's only voice but their own font. Is definitely a make-you-think book. Have heard a lot of positive reviews. First book I've read by Jodi Picoult. So far so good :)...more
I first read this book in 2006 and I loved it. I still do. It's hard to read it without thinking of all the controversy that followed but as the quoteI first read this book in 2006 and I loved it. I still do. It's hard to read it without thinking of all the controversy that followed but as the quote on the back of My Friend, Leonard (the sequel to MLP) says "Amid all the furor and scolding, one thing has been overlooked... The guy can write." I cared about the characters. About James, Lilly, Leonard, Miles, Matty, all of them. I was sucked in and fascinated by their world and their story. I don't care what 'really' happened and what was fictional. It was written in a way that I couldn't put it down, couldn't keep it out of my head. I wish that James Frey had published the book as a fictionally enhanced memoir if only for his own credibility as an author but he didn't and there it is. That can't be changed now. And at the end of the day, it's still one of my favorite books. ...more
I plan to read Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin in the near future, which is a historical fiction novel based on Alice Liddell, the little girl tI plan to read Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin in the near future, which is a historical fiction novel based on Alice Liddell, the little girl that Lewis Carroll wrote the Alice stories for. Before reading that one, I figured I should read this one.
Now that I've finished it, it's left me wondering… maybe I'm just not equipped to 'get' satire. I read and liked Alice in Wonderland and had a great time reading the story that I've always been so familiar with but never actually read. I have read and seen the Disney version and a few other movie adaptations, including the new one with Johnny Depp. I love the story and was excited to read the words actually written by Lewis Carroll. But when I read it, I guess I read it for what it was and didn't go a whole lot deeper. Did I miss something? From what I've heard, it's supposed to be a deep and profound book with all sorts of hidden meanings and themes and whatnot. Maybe I just didn't want to go deeper into it?
So, 4 stars because it's a great classic, well-written and fun. But now I'm off to read the Sparks Notes analysis that I've discovered, which gives a chapter by chapter look at the book and breaks it down with analysis, themes, motifs and symbols - words I haven't given a whole lot of thought to since high school. I'm hoping that this only adds to my positive experience with this book, rather than taking a way from it. Sometimes things should just be left as they are and not looked at too deeply. We shall see if this is an example of that… and see if it changes my rating at all. ...more
This is an amazing book. Instead of doing a review (because in all honesty, I just loved everything about it and that isn't helpful on it's own in a rThis is an amazing book. Instead of doing a review (because in all honesty, I just loved everything about it and that isn't helpful on it's own in a review) I'll add some of my favorite quotes.
"He-the Monster-is now dating someone whose name begins with "L". I think her name is Lola or maybe, possibly, Lolita. (Tiptoeing off the tounge. How lovely. Lovely Lola Lolita) The Monster, everyone say is much better now. He doesn't drink (I'm not around) and he doesn't smoke (I'm not around) and he doesn't stay out all night and ring "L's" doorbell at 4:30 in the morning (drunk and smoky). He's older, wiser and unwilling to go backward into that great abyss that reads me."
"This time, there are no tears. This time, there is only emptiness and I feel it set in the straight line of my mouth. I am not strong enough for this. I want an earthquake, a hurricane, anything - even a devil, the one with the cloven hoof - Mrs. Leed's unfortunate 13th child - to rush out and stomp on me, break me into little pieces and hurl me to the stars, let me go back with those people I love. Please."
"Please, God. I am a smart woman, I know words, I've read books; he's just a guy, he's just a person, I can speak to him. "Hmm," I say, and during the subsequent silence, I consider ways to kill myself."
"That's why an Angelina Jolie is always going to win over a Winona Ryder. Fuckups are more interesting."