I wasn't going to review this since I couldn't finish it but I've also written up a fair few comments so here we go: Okay, so I almost stopped readingI wasn't going to review this since I couldn't finish it but I've also written up a fair few comments so here we go: Okay, so I almost stopped reading this book countless times, almost. Reading a story from the perspective of a character who objectifies women to such an extent and is such an a**hole, is not really my cup of tea. So before I go further, I just want to give a nod to all the sexism, racism, homophobia and ableism in the book, but really especially the sexism. There's also a fair bit of separating men and women into a binary of different species, which feels a fair bit dehumanizing, but sure throw it on the pile. I kept trying to convince myself to stop reading because it is pretty toxic, but I really liked the movie. When I found it was on a book I was like yes, a chance for the book to get right everything the movie screwed up, give me. There are lines like, "But it’s not like you might expect—the big stern German dude bossing around the meek little Asian wife." and "Actually, his dad’s a little dude like Ricky, and he seems kind of gay. I’m not saying anything Ricky hasn’t said himself." And so many more I didn't bother to write down.
But there are also lines like, "I don’t know. It’s strange the way she feels in my arms. So trusting. Like she’s completely sure I have something important in me that she needs."
I really love the plot-line of this book. I like the central relationship. If the main character could just put a sock in his mouth, that would be excellent. I'm at OTP levels when a character is kind and a little damaged and wants to make the other character happy, even though they don’t have as strong feelings as the other and then over time they grow closer together.
In particular, I remember this one scene where Aimee had worn a heavy jacket to a party (because she was cold) and Sutter commenting that she was killing her sex-appeal. Like it was her freaking goal in life, my god.
Let me just spew: Sutter is okay with fat women but only if they have the 'right' proportions, is constantly commenting on the body parts of the women he meets, he's heteronormative (what a shocker), and the book is also white-normative (his Germasion friend gets a full description of ethnicity but I guess Sutter must not be a colonizer), and the step-father on disability is "lazy". There is a scene in the book which even talks about harmful beauty standards- I think his friend is talking about how human bodies are being made into "products" where you purchase modifications and then your soul gets stolen lalalala, but anyway wow this book.
Ah, we then have Aimee making fun of her best-friend-for-year's body, "She wheels around and stomps off, and Aimee starts laughing. “Look at that big old butt shake. I’ll bet it could hit about a seven-point-eight on the Richter scale. Probably a nine on the modified Mercalli intensity scale.”" -Who the hell thinks of their friends this way? A**holes.
Or the talk on how 'men' sometimes just don't listen to what women are saying because there just thinking of having sex with them. Yeah...
The characteriziation is that Sutter is a compasionate, at least sometimes, alcoholic funnyman and Aimee is a backbone-lacking, sci-fi and horses nerd.
I tried to stick with it, but if I had to hear Sutter make one more comment about the boobs of the women around him, I would've had to bang my head on a wall repeatedly....more