Torture porn (glorification and romanticizing of blood, gore, and violence) is disgusting, regressive, and aides in the desensitization of humanity. ITorture porn (glorification and romanticizing of blood, gore, and violence) is disgusting, regressive, and aides in the desensitization of humanity. I am so sick of people worshiping and making a celebrity out of white murderers for killing children (re: the killing of Trayvon Martin and school shootings) and friendzoned assfaces. It's books like this that I believe we need stronger regulation on the shit people read. The manga industry has better trigger warnings and labels than American publishing companies. We've got NONE! Get with the program, people!...more
I'm going to go more into detail about this book later but I thought it was fairly good. I wasn't too happy with the epilogue but the final product waI'm going to go more into detail about this book later but I thought it was fairly good. I wasn't too happy with the epilogue but the final product was mid-satisfactory....more
CONS: - Fatphobia. - Repetition, repetition, repetition! - Non-fluid writing. - Odd character development. - Poor plot pacing. - Jack is a jackass (pun intended). - Unoriginal and unbelievable. - Stick to reading the back of the book; it's better than the actual novel.
COMMENTS: I haven't read a lot of Cabot's stuff compared to other people but they're usually enjoyable. She is one of the best at the craft in the genre. This book fell short.
After reading this, I understand why it's easier for Cabot to write in email/text/diary format. Was it necessary to keep reminding the reader that Jack Townsend was handsome? Or that he was an action-adventure movie megastar? Or that he ad-libbed a line in Lou Calabrese's movie? Or that Lou and Jack's exes ran off together? Or that Lou wrote a screenplay for her ex? Or that they each won an Academy Award? Or that Jack was in this movie and that movie? All of these weren't repeated just two or three times. It had to have been at least fifty times from start to finish. Each. I can flip to almost any page and you can bet there will be one of those. We get it! I resisted the urge to throw the book across the room because it was so repetitive.
I also felt like the characters were flat, especially the minor characters. Vicky was supposed to be Lou's best friend but it didn't feel that way. She didn't seem to care about Lou at all. Characters that only showed up once had more personality than 90% of the major and minor characters. They ramble so much. It felt like Cabot was just filling space with repetition and rambling.
I mentioned that Jack was a jackass. I hate that Lou used to be a fat girl and is only attractive because she got skinnier. Cabot reminded the reader that fat is unattractive. *ring ring* Hi, Cabot. Hello! Heather Wells is calling. She wants to call you out on your fatphobia. You can read the rest of my thoughts on Jack and Lou here.
There were also constant perspective changes. I love perspective changes when they're done right. Usually, there's a pattern of some sort and some indication that there will be perspective changes. There was NO INDICATION in this book. Halfway through, it was as if Cabot had forgotten she had other characters. Cabot also forgot there was an actual mystery plot. She kept dabbling in the characters' romances, even the minor characters. It was as if she'd forgotten someone was trying to kill Jack. When she'd suddenly remember, she'd plug in a random explosion/gunfire to remind the reader it's supposed to be a mystery novel.
To conclude, the premise was great and the sex was all right. I wish the sex weren't so censored. It is an adult novel. Oh well! The writing style really needed working on. I also hate how Lou's badassery was reduced to jelly in the end. She became a different person and the chemistry died, especially because the build-up for the end was super cheesy. I wanted to see some witty sarcasm from Lou and there was nothing.
I'd only recommend you read it if you're a fan of Cabot's. She Went All the Way had poor execution with an underdeveloped premise. To sum up, ...more
CONS: → Bad fluff-mystery. → Distracting attributives. → Sometimes felt Mary Sue-ish. → Horrible at subtlety.
COMMENTS: First of all, I have to say that I love Meg Cabot's charm and I always used to enjoy her novels because I think everybody needs a good fluff-read every now and then. I remember loving the first book a lot and when I couldn't find the second anywhere, I decided to buy it through Borders online (something I rarely do). However, my taste may have changed and I'm sad to say that I think I may have to re-read the first novel. I remember it being this amazing fluff-mystery with hints of romance and intrigue but if it was this bad, I'm definitely going to have to reevaluate it.
Heather Wells isn't skinny. I mean, it's on the cover. We get it, Ms. Cabot. Did you really have to remind us on every other page? She loves food more than anything in the world. I swear, every single time Wells made a comment similar to "I'm the fat kid who loves cake", it made my own self-esteem break down little by little and my old body image insecurities would re-surface. I'm also one of those people who don't care much about body image therefore, feeling even the slightest bit insecure about the way I look is a really hard thing to accomplish. Cabot did it with this book and not in a way that would feel empowering. I don't know if that's what Cabot was trying to achieve but she did it. That's all there was, especially in the beginning—eating, think about food, think about food, dead person, eating, think about food, investigate, investigate, investigate, think about food, eating, eating, almost get murdered, eating, and more eating. It's extremely "shape-ist", as I like to call it. As far as I've read, none of Cabot's other protagonists was this obsessed with food. It almost feels like Cabot is saying, "Fat people are supposed to love food." Way to reinforce a stereotype.
There were awkward identifiers used over and over again, specifically "s/he wanted to know" throughout the entire book: - "Is it because I'm not inviting Cooper?" Jordan wants to know. (p76) - "Do I have a choice?" Cooper wants to know. (p107) - "Can we go up already?" Gavin wants to know. (p233) - "Who's your friend?" Steve wants to know. (p239) Really...really? A few times would have been okay but this attributive would spawn within 2-3 pages of each other. There were a lot more of these but I stopped keeping track a while ago. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying "she asked" or "I asked." In fact, it sounds better and gives things a lot more fluidity as opposed to "she wanted to know." At one point, she used it several times in one chapter for different characters!
There's a paragraph on page 205 where Wells is describing the way the snow looks around the city. It's beautifully written but it's the most out of place part in the entire book because it doesn't sound like Cabot's style of writing. It's as if she asked Jodi Picoult to write a paragraph explaining the scenery for her to randomly plug into the book. The style suddenly shifted from casual narrative to poetic (and awkward) metaphors. It felt like Cabot just crammed the paragraph in there for unnecessary dramatic effect.
I also know that this is a fluff-read but Cabot's not really good at subtlety. Several times, she made references to feminism through Heather Wells and Sarah and, while I appreciate the sentiment, it also felt out of place as well as angering. Such as the part where Wells victim-blames and imagines Sarah calling her out on it in which she responds with how boys don't flirt with her. Things like this made it incredibly painful to read. Work on subtlety, please.
2 stars for a thought out plot and for being fast-paced fluff (which I like)....more