So I won this book through the Goodreads first reads giveaway a while ago. I know I know, it's taken me a long time to actually sit down and read thisSo I won this book through the Goodreads first reads giveaway a while ago. I know I know, it's taken me a long time to actually sit down and read this book and review it and everything. I know, I'm terrible. But I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to read, tragic story.
Secondly, I haven't actually finished this book, and I'm really not so sure if I will. And the reason for that is, I guess mostly I just don't have much interest in it. This book is supposed to be a self-discovery of sorts for our MC, Hanne, but it's just kind of...annoying I guess. To me it feels like the only way for Hanne to "discover" herself is in the beds of various men. Her whole life is defined by the sexual relationships she's had with men, and only slightly defined by her relationship with her estranged daughter. I don't know if she has some sort of revelation later in the story and she realizes that there is more to life than fucking sleeping around, and I'm not sure if I'm going to stick around to find out.
But seriously, this woman's life is filled with men. There's her dead husband, Hiro; the fictional Japanese man she moons over, Jiro; her lover, David; and the Noh actor Jiro was based off of, Moto. Not to mention the only one of her kids that still talks to her is her son. I'm not sure if the author was trying to make some sort of point with this, but so far it doesn't feel like... And to me it just feels really uncomfortable as I think the author is making a few unfortunate implications.
Not to mention that Hanne seems a little delusional and self-important when it comes to her role as a translator. To think that the translator is more important than the author is a bit far-fetched, and I was totally on Kobayashi's side when he told her off. But I dunno, that could be all apart of her character development and self-discovery.
Anyway, as I said, I'm really not sure if I'll be finishing this one, but that doesn't mean that I've given up completely. I'm hoping these issues I have with the book will be addressed later on, or else this story's conclusion will be non too satisfactory for my like.
Update So, yeah... I ended up not finishing this. I really tried, but I guess I just couldn't really get into it. I didn't care about the story or Hanne, and I didn't care about her harem of men. So yeah, this'll be a 2 star book for me. It wasn't terrible, but I don't think it was for me....more
So, I just finished Hidden Wives by Claire Avery. (This book, by the way, I won from the Goodreads giveaway.) I know I've gotta write a review, but ISo, I just finished Hidden Wives by Claire Avery. (This book, by the way, I won from the Goodreads giveaway.) I know I've gotta write a review, but I just don't know what to say about this book. Well, first off, it's just about the only book I've won from Goodreads that I read the whole way through. Hidden Wives is also probably the best book I've won from Goodreads, hence why I read it all the way through. :P
Anyway, what's the book about? Easy, polygamists. That's all you need to know. It's about Rachel Shaw and Sara Marx, half-sisters, who were raised in the Blood of the Lamb polygamist community, and basically how they overcome their hardships and whatnot.
Now, in the beginnig Hidden Wives really seemed like it was gonna be boring, but turned out not to be. It had a real good ending, and I did like the book, but the thing is, Hidden Wives just didn't really elicit much emotion outta me, which is why this is a piss-poor book review.
But what can I say? Read the book, more than likely you'll like it! Haha....more
When I first started The Outsiders I really didn't like it. I just about hated it in fact. The way Hinton wrote was annoying, the dialouge was awkwardWhen I first started The Outsiders I really didn't like it. I just about hated it in fact. The way Hinton wrote was annoying, the dialouge was awkward at some points, and the main character has perhaps the stupidest name in name fiction history: Ponyboy. Bleh. (And let's not forget Sodapop, Darry, and Dally. The only characters with normal names were Johnny and Steve.)
And originally I was going to give The Outsiders only two stars, but after reading the terrific ending (which completely makes up for the rest of the book) I decided that Outsiders needs at least four.
At the end of the day, after getting past all those other things that makes this book a pain to read, Outsiders really has a great message. And I think everyone should read it at least once. ...more