3.5 stars. Really cute, but I hate love stories where the guy (or girl) already has a girl(boy)friend. Cheating is never romantic. It's dicky. It's gro...more3.5 stars. Really cute, but I hate love stories where the guy (or girl) already has a girl(boy)friend. Cheating is never romantic. It's dicky. It's gross. That was my biggest turn-off with this book.
I want to thank Shirley and Reynje for their awesome commentary of this book. I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise (the cover is pretty lackluster, and the summary on the back of the book is just... boring.)(less)
Firstly, the strikethough. Half the novel was written like this a...moreWow, this book was a bit of a trainwreck.
There are a few things I need to point out.
Firstly, the strikethough. Half the novel was written like this and for the most part it seemed pretty random. I almost dropped it on the first page, because it was just that annoying.
Secondly, oh my god, the angst. Do you remember that part in New Moon, where Edward dumped Bella, and she was just this depressed mess for months? Yeah, well, Evan is like that, but permanently, and for no reason that I can discern. He's just angsty for the sake of it. And it is so fucking annoying.
Thirdly, in the acknowledgements, Levithan says that Jonathan Farmer, the guy who did the images, would send him a picture, and then Levithan would write the photo into the story. Neither he, nor Farmer knew the outcome of the story. And it shows. The novel has a disjointed feeling to it, and you can tell that it wasn't properly planned out, or even thought out.
This novel could have been so much better. It just feels like a hipster's wet dream.(less)
Wow, this book is fucked up, as you'd expect from Chuck Palahniuk. Fans of his will love this--I know I did--but it doesn't feel like it's his best wo...moreWow, this book is fucked up, as you'd expect from Chuck Palahniuk. Fans of his will love this--I know I did--but it doesn't feel like it's his best work. It feels quite rushed, and lacking in something. Despite that, it still has all the cliched Palahniuk styles, from the amazing raw writing, to the philosophical ponderings on life, materialism, and morality. If you're new to Palahniuk, I wouldn't reccomend this. Start off with something light, less fucked up, like Fight Club, or Invisible Monsters. Unless you want to jump straight into a book where a severed head gives a giantess oral sex, and where the 13 year old main character rips off Hitler's mustache and banishes him to The Swamp of Partial-birth Abortions. It's fucked up, to say the least.
Despite this, Palahniuk remains to be one of my favourite writers. Probably because he dares to write what no normal person would.(less)
Though the plot was somewhat lackluster and ended quickly, the backstory was something amazing. I'm impres...moreHoly crap, the artwork in this is just woah.
Though the plot was somewhat lackluster and ended quickly, the backstory was something amazing. I'm impressed that DC managed to make a strong heroine who's sexy--and doesn't need to wear next to nothing to show it--and is also a lesbian. They got just about everything right with Batwoman. How did they manage to fail so badly with the new 52 when it's clear they can do such great things with their female characters.(less)
Oh my. This is just wow. (view spoiler)[A very hard-hitting story about an abusive relationship between a naive teenage girl and a manipulative psycho...moreOh my. This is just wow. (view spoiler)[A very hard-hitting story about an abusive relationship between a naive teenage girl and a manipulative psycho. (hide spoiler)](less)
I'll admit that this was fun to read, and that the echoes of the Prohibition era was done quite well, but it was the worldbuilding that really killed...moreI'll admit that this was fun to read, and that the echoes of the Prohibition era was done quite well, but it was the worldbuilding that really killed it for me. I mean, apart from the absurd notion that coffee and chocolate are banned, I can't understand why those two items are banned when alcohol is legal, even for minors. A lot of things just don't make sense in terms of the worldbuilding. If anything, it felt like it was dystopian for the sake of being a dystopian. There was nothing remarkable about this book, and it obviously jumped onto the dystopian bandwagon.
The romance was a bit iffy. Anya did a complete about-face in terms of her feelings for Win. One moment she was like, "Oh, I'm not interested. He's not my type", and the next, she's planning on having sex with him (which, if you've read the book, and know that she's a Catholic, is off-character).
I won't even touch up on the summary on the back of the book: "Anya will have to choose between love and loyalty, knowing that whatever she decides will have shattering consequences: heartbreak or a gangland war that will tear the city apart." Really? That's her decision? It seems like a bit of a no-brainer to me. And considering that she wasn't even remotely interested in Win when she was forbidden to date him, I don't see why it should have been that big a deal.
The story was pretty awesome, but when the unecessary romance came into play in the second half of the novel, all trace of plot scampered away, only revealing its ugly face in the last fifty or so pages. Not impressive.
Another positive aspect that I have to comment on is the voice and readability. The voice was very likeable, and easy to read. It made for a quick, light read, perfect for a day in the sun.(less)