I am not giving up on this book, just postponing it. I promise. I'm just really having a hard time reading at the moment (I know....whaaat?). I should...moreI am not giving up on this book, just postponing it. I promise. I'm just really having a hard time reading at the moment (I know....whaaat?). I should be enjoying it because, mate, it's written by E.Lockhart.
I will come back to this book and I will give it all the stars.*
You expect me to review this book? Me? You're surely new here. My reviews are... and this book is... OK fine.
Well, for a start, I can’t say a...moreYou expect me to review this book? Me? You're surely new here. My reviews are... and this book is... OK fine.
Well, for a start, I can’t say anything about the plot. I read this book not knowing anything more than what the synopsis told me and that is the best way to go into this book. The only thing you need to know about the plot is that it has one. And it’s absolutely outstanding.
This book is so powerful and completely unforgettable. The writing is magnificent. The world-building is incredible. And the characters and the relationships between them are some of the most brilliantly constructed ones that I have ever read.
And the plot twists… I can’t stop thinking about them. I honestly can’t remember another book I have recently that has given me the gut-wrenching “No…no….no, they’re not going to do that. They won’t. Will they? They can’t. Can they?’ feeling that this book gave me. I never saw it coming and I still don’t want to believe. Actually, I refuse to believe it.
So there, Ms Blackman.
I’m not doing a very good job here, am I? Are you convinced yet?
Please just say yes and put me out of my misery so I can stop writing this review. I’m trying to be coherent and make intelligent observations but it’s difficult to make coherent and intelligent observations when all I want to do when I think of this book is sob into a chocolate cake. Yep, that’s right. I don’t want to even eat the chocolate cake. I want to sob into it.
I still have the dodgy sunburn marks I gained from sitting in the garden on the weekend Manchester was hotter than Hawaii because I was so engrossed by this book.
So yeah, you expected me to write a review for this book. I can’t.
In an incredibly long-winded way, of course. Hey, you wouldn’t want it any other way, would you? But, I officially pass on reviewing this book.
Why Malorie Blackman isn’t the name on everyone’s lips, I don’t know. Read this book and then come and talk to me. You bring the gin and I’ll bring the sun cream.
I have a love/hate relationship with autobiographies of comedians that I like.
I loved Mr Norton's, I wasn't so fussed about Mr Brand's, I hated Ms Bra...moreI have a love/hate relationship with autobiographies of comedians that I like.
I loved Mr Norton's, I wasn't so fussed about Mr Brand's, I hated Ms Brand's and I find myself looking suspiciously at the adverts of Mr McIntyre's book that Goodreads keeps tempting me with.
But still I always pick them up and think "YAY I love this guy/gal, it's going to be sooooo interesting and hilarious to find out more about them". And it is... in a way. I do find it interesting how they got to where they are but I want to know what they're like now. Maybe I'm just nosey. However this autobiography stops at 2000 which is pre-Gavin and Stacey and pre-Every-quiz-show-on-British-television and... well.... eh.
So I'm putting this book on hold.
If I pick up this book again (and I hope I do because his childhood and experiences in drama school are fascinating. I especially loved his story about how Ms Zeta Jones watched him in a production of Star Wars) I will definitely be listening to the audiobook because I imagine his delivery would have me in stitches.
I won't lie to you... the main reason why I'm giving up on this is because when I flicked through to look at the pictures of him (A particularly hilarious one of him channelling his inner Rambo, by the way!) I discovered that there was not a chapter called "The Truth: What Really Happened On That Fishing Trip with Bryn and Jason".
*Sigh* One day we'll know what gravity-defying shenanigans they got up to on that fateful weekend... (less)