And the conclusion was less than stunning. I'm majorly disappointed, to be honest. What an unspectacular way to conclude a series that started with onAnd the conclusion was less than stunning. I'm majorly disappointed, to be honest. What an unspectacular way to conclude a series that started with one of my favorite books of all time. ...more
It was a fast, easy read. I breezed through it in about three hours. Voice wise, it's a typical YA book. Maybe a bit more sex. But it wasn't as bad asIt was a fast, easy read. I breezed through it in about three hours. Voice wise, it's a typical YA book. Maybe a bit more sex. But it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Actually, I wanted to hate it, but I couldn't.
While I had my problems with it, I'd say it's one of the better so-called New Adult books out there.
3.3 stars. Someday, perhaps I'll write a review.
ETA: Landon is hot, I suppose. Though I don't understand why tattoos and a motorcycle suddenly deem a guy a bad boy. I have tattoos. I know people of all shades who have bikes. I know a million people with bad pasts. The bad boy label is way overused. ...more
I don't care for Chuck Palahniuk. It's not the plot or the subject matter. It's the pacing. And the weird misogyny.
I'm surprised he isn't married toI don't care for Chuck Palahniuk. It's not the plot or the subject matter. It's the pacing. And the weird misogyny.
I'm surprised he isn't married to Bret Easton Ellis. Neither is able to write a particularly compelling main character, neither is able to fully express their MC's disdain for women without making us see that this is the MC's disdain for women, not the author's, and neither is particular brilliant when it comes to pacing their novels.
Interesting ideas. Mostly boring implementation.
I'll sum it up for you right now: Victor isn't Jesus. It's not a spoiler for anyone faintly acquainted with Palahniuk's writing style and half of their brain. The last ten pages are filled with faintly amusing plot twists the average reader picked up halfway through the novel. The insanity of the MC and his mother is overshadowed by the absurdity of the world he lives in. While some might become immersed in this novel, others undoubtedly will be unable to check their brain at the door. ...more
What the fuck did I just attempt to read? Did I really force myself through a third of this boring shit? Nothing hapBook #1 of the Hipster Experiment.
What the fuck did I just attempt to read? Did I really force myself through a third of this boring shit? Nothing happens. No, correction: many boring unrelated things happen. It reads exactly like you'd expect a diary to read. But that's just it—it's a diary, not a novel. I can't bring myself to care to read some guy's diary entries on the best time of his life, especially when said life is rather unremarkable as far as lives go. If Kerouac is the voice of the beat generation, my god.
If you enjoyed this novel, whoopdi-fucking-do. I could not find two fucks to give. And I tried. I really did. I gave this book far more time than I give many others.
I hope Into the Wild and the Motorcycle Diaries are better. Otherwise, I'll be tempted to say young twenty-something white males should be forbidden from writing about their lives until they reach an age where they realize no one gives a fuck except other twenty-something white males.
If you want a novel, not simply a diary about the jaded life of an adolescent male, go read Black Boy, by Richard Wright. Wright is a fantastic writer who knows how to thematize his life. Or fall back on the old American standard of petulant American spoiled bullshit—The Catcher in the Rye. Either choice is better than this.
I think it's cute when middle-class white males intentionally fuck up their lives to pretend to be poor or black or less-privileged than they are. Cute and pathetic at the same time. And also insulting.
As a sidenote, Kirsten Stewart stars as Marylou in the movie. Apparently, there's a scene in which she jerks off both Sal and Dean at the same time in a car. Call me crazy, but I think the movie is probably better than the book. Stewart's not bad outside of Twilight. And she's quite hot. ...more