Edit 11/12/14: I am over my guilt. I have now moved on to the acceptance stage. This is definitely a two star read.
I feel a deep feeling of guiltEdit 11/12/14: I am over my guilt. I have now moved on to the acceptance stage. This is definitely a two star read.
I feel a deep feeling of guilt giving a Lauren Oliver book a three star rating, which is perhaps why I ducked out of reading the rest of Panic and just haven't finished it "yet".
When starting this book I was very excited to read a work where she is able to discuss sex with more detail when not being constrained by the YA label of her other books. In this she delivered with the storyline of Minna who uses sex as a outlet to hide from her loneliness. Unfortunately, I felt this book meandered quite a bit, with snippets that felt out of place in the overall puzzle of the book and felt like they were just thrown in for added length. I can easily imagine this story without Katie who is the cardboard cutout version of a manic pixie dream girl (I know this term is overused, but I can think of no other way to describe her right now) and whose storyline is given no genuine resolution. Katie is just another character hitting us over the head with the overall theme of the book: That we are all lonely. That is only one example.
What I disliked most about this book was the ending. It was so, so painfully contrived. Nothing about the way these characters were connected was organic in the least. What they all had in common was loneliness and the rooms of a house but the plot forced their connections to be more. The relationships in the book were like a puzzle where all of the pieces fit just perfectly but the picture you wind up with as an end result is a blob of neutral tone pieces that form no shape at all. Sure, they fit together, but should they? Do they amount to anything?
Why three stars then? Well, while there weren't a lot of wow moments for me this time around, Lauren Oliver's writing is enjoyable. Peaceful to me, like an old friend, easy to read, easy to enjoy no matter what else is going on around you. Her take on ghosts is the best of all. What if we become beings without bodies when we die? Attached to the places and people we left behind? Our bodies in tune with a house and confined to become one with it? No form of our own? It's actually rather spooky and writing about it is giving me the creeps. It was both a beautiful approach and a tragic approach and Oliver nails the delivery of the ghostly side of this story just right.
All in all the way to sum this book up is good but forgettable. A hotel room without a view....more
I love this to pieces and I'm really excited Spiderwoman is in it as well. Gorgeous colors, representation, humor. Oh, and did I mention an appearanceI love this to pieces and I'm really excited Spiderwoman is in it as well. Gorgeous colors, representation, humor. Oh, and did I mention an appearance by one of my favorite Marvel ladies? Yes, thanks, excellent....more
Not even the ending was enough to save this book. Of course, the ending, which I found predictable but still found the implications intriguing, will bNot even the ending was enough to save this book. Of course, the ending, which I found predictable but still found the implications intriguing, will be the thing that gets me to finish this series. ...more
DNF at 20%+. I can see how Murakami's unique style would call to some people but to me it's just rigid, extraneous, and above all a very boring way toDNF at 20%+. I can see how Murakami's unique style would call to some people but to me it's just rigid, extraneous, and above all a very boring way to tell a story. It's safe to say that Murakami and I are never ever getting back together....more
How I live in a literary format vs. how I live in the movies. Two very different Elizabeth's, or Daisy's, as it were.
Our Daisy of the book was quite sHow I live in a literary format vs. how I live in the movies. Two very different Elizabeth's, or Daisy's, as it were.
Our Daisy of the book was quite subdued. Things happened to her. She was upset about them, but never in action, never in voice. Her mother died during child birth. She is shipped off to another country as a teenage girl. Things happen to this Daisy but she does not happen to them. She falls into an illicit love and she falls into a new family, never questioning, already feeling at home due to these new affections from the blood relations of a mother she's never known.
We see this Daisy at as an adult, despite being several years older and having experienced a war in which she cared for little Piper, she has not changed much at all. Her love for Edmond is still strong and all consuming, and she travels far, and suffers much, if only to find the end of her story at what she considers to be a home.
Daisy of the movie is immediate sass. She's hardened, hurt, bitter, calloused and not needing. She's been sent off and she's mad about it. Being shipped to an entirely different culture in war time by the only family she's ever barely known, it's given her a fierceness, a fire, a judgmental nature for this very odd and quirky family she's never quite known. Having never been able to explore that side of herself she's immediately suspicious of this family and their laid back nature. Dogs at the table and dishes in the sink and yet still more feeling than she's likely ever known. She spends a few careful moments with her aunt and eventually opens herself to the possibility of not being alone. Of needing someone who can leave her. She's still got her fire but she's learning to cool it in order to touch.
The movie is visually stunning and the images are placed in a ethereal and timeless space. At first glance you are not sure of the time period and by the end you don't really care. If you can forget who Edmond is you can easily find the sweet in the fact that he wants to help her break her obsessive compulsive rules, and if you want to delve deeper into the human muck of perversion and misplaced sexual and romantic feelings, you can see how a child in war time who has never been loved by anyone and is not being parented by anyone can fall for the only person close to them they can, despite matters of culture or blood.
The story itself is a little bit messy, a little bit outside of our social norms, but for Daisy, it's just how she lives and in my opinion, she does it best on a movie screen....more