I loved this! I couldn't put it down. Curtis Sittenfeld can do no wrong in my eyes. I love everything she writes. She did a great job on getting the "I loved this! I couldn't put it down. Curtis Sittenfeld can do no wrong in my eyes. I love everything she writes. She did a great job on getting the "Austen voice" down. Normally I'm wary of modern-day takes on classic literature and writers, but this one is definitely a winner. If I had to dislike one thing, it was that Mary was extremely unpleasant and irrelevant to most of the book. ...more
Nothing really groundbreaking here, and I had a hard time connecting to the writer, who grew up in Europe, attended yoga and meditation retreats in beNothing really groundbreaking here, and I had a hard time connecting to the writer, who grew up in Europe, attended yoga and meditation retreats in beautiful resorts, fell into a yoga practice, became famous, travels internationally teaching yoga and leading workshops, and lives in Aruba and practices yoga on the beach like ten hours a day. That's great for her, but I need someone who, like, grew up in the suburbs and is trying to learn to teach yoga while also balancing a job, a family, a mortgage, etc.- common everyday happenings. I need someone a little more on my level. ...more
Never in a million years could I even try to understand to know how it must feel to be Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. Her gNever in a million years could I even try to understand to know how it must feel to be Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. Her grief is immeasurable. Overnight she becomes a celebrity for the worst reason- tragedy. Her son was partially responsible for one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, and not only that, but he himself is dead. Losing a child is one of the worst tragedies in life, let alone knowing that right before his death, he helped slaughter innocent human beings. I think we all wonder, "Where were the parents?" when things like this happen. It is obvious that Sue Klebold was a loving, attentive parent. I truly believe that some people can deceive others. After all, isn't that why we're so shocked when a "mild-mannered neighbor" or "sweet person" goes on a killing rampage? Some people are clearly troubled; others are harder to detect. I think that Dylan, to a degree, was one of those ones who was harder to detect. It becomes pretty obvious that Dylan was getting withdrawn and depressed before the massacre, but his parents had a hard time detecting the difference between "true depression" and "being a sulky teenager." I am sure they will reflect and regret certain actions for the rest of their lives, because I think any one of us would in their situation. I do think that there were a few pretty big red signs that went ignored, but hindsight is 20/20. And it is clear she was blindsided by her son's actions, and as time went on and more information was unveiled, she realized she didn't know her son as well as she thought she did at all.
However (and God forgive me for saying this), I felt in this book that Sue Klebold tried a little too hard to portray Dylan as an innocent victim, simply caught up in Eric Harris's evil warpath. Of course, we all know that one of the first stages of grieving is denial. However, more than fifteen years after the shooting, she still seems to be in a place of denial. In her mind, he didn't really want to do it. He couldn't have done it. He was influenced by a maniac. Maybe, but seeing as witnesses saw Dylan execute several of the murders, on his own, not being forced by Eric or anyone else. I am sorry, Mrs. Klebold, but your son was not an innocent here. He was a willing contributor to the deaths of twelve children and one teacher. It just felt like a case of "the lady doth protest too much," to the point of overkill. I could have done with about 100 fewer pages of hearing about how gifted Dylan was, how incredibly sweet he was, how loving and caring he was. I feel like a royal bitch for saying that, but it is what it is, and I'm not the only person to comment on that upon reviewing this book.
Let's start with the positives- okay, the positive- the book did contain a lot of facts and information about the case I wasn't aware of. Some thingsLet's start with the positives- okay, the positive- the book did contain a lot of facts and information about the case I wasn't aware of. Some things I'd heard or read about, but after reading this book, I am, in fact, convinced that Caylee Anthony drowned accidentally and her family handled the situation beyond poorly (understatement of the year). I found out things about the Anthony family that, quite frankly, made my skin crawl. That's one effed up family.
But this book- oy, it was a chore to get through@ Way too long and rambling, too much legalese, jumping all over the place, and way, WAY too much complaining. Tell me again how poorly the judge and police and the prosecution and the media and everyone and their neighbor and their neighbor's neighbor treated you and how so incredibly unfair everything was, Jose Baez, because saying it every other page wasn't nearly often enough. Also, may I suggest a better editor/proofreader next time, because I'm pretty sure police don't evaluate "crime seasons," but crime scenes.