Not long ago I looked online for "The most disturbing books ever written" simply because I love to be shaken and traumatized with stories of corporealNot long ago I looked online for "The most disturbing books ever written" simply because I love to be shaken and traumatized with stories of corporeal punishment and incest as much as the next person (okay, maybe not the adjacent next person.) "Flowers in the Attic" was high on that list and it was prudent to give it a shot. Perhaps if this book came to me beforeLet's Go Play at the Adams' or The Girl Next Door it would have had more of an impact, but it comes after, so I have to admit I was not as unsettled as I could have been. I also imagine if I had read it at the time it was published, or as a child myself would have worked.
What is more, it is quite melodramatic and if you cannot set the Lifetime channel tone aside you're in trouble. And why the repeated use of "stole/steal?" I'm fairly certain Andrews must have known a couple of synonyms because I could have sworn I read that word over 40 times in the second half of the book. And I know it seems silly, but I was rather upset (view spoiler)[the mouse died! (hide spoiler)].
However, that is not to say I did not enjoy this book. The character development was excellent given the time span the story extends. I kept staying up till 6 a.m. because it was somewhat of a page-turner. The gothic aspect of it was something to rejoice in as well. A guilty pleasure I feel no guilt over.
I truly do not care to see the favorite characters of my childhood doing adulty things. This book managed to make me dislike every fictional characterI truly do not care to see the favorite characters of my childhood doing adulty things. This book managed to make me dislike every fictional character I've loved since I was 10! No one acted like themselves at all, and they were in fact BORING ADULTS. 10 points from House Thorne for poor character development.
The script format left much to be desired and everything was too convenient. "Let's make a polyjuice potion! Look, all the ingredients happen to be RIGHT WHERE WE ARE STANDING," and apparently leaving the Hogwarts Express is way easier now than it was before. And - this book contains a huge new development concerning Voldemort which is brushed over in 20 pages and dealt with like it was nothing. I liked the idea behind the story, but it was developed very poorly. It felt unfinished and all over the place, bringing together far too many threads creating a mess of a plot.
Utterly disappointing. Two stars because (view spoiler)[the short preview of a world where Voldermort could have won was quite neat, and for seeing Dumbledore and Snape again. Alive. (hide spoiler)]. Otherwise. No. Just no. Misleading and unnecessary. Like many others have said, for me too the Harry Potter saga ended with "Deathly Hallows" and this was never published. In fact...I'll just erase the memory of ever having read this.
I won this book in a recent giveaway, and I was quite glad since I'm not the winning type. The reason I entered the giveaway for this was mainly becauI won this book in a recent giveaway, and I was quite glad since I'm not the winning type. The reason I entered the giveaway for this was mainly because - and I won't lie - it had the word "Jellicle" in its title. As a fan of Cats it prompted me to enter. I was glad to discover that this book does indeed have some ties to the musical...
Jellicle Girl is a fast, engaging read. A page-turner if you may. The characters are three-dimensional and engrossing, the plot believable. It's possible you will feel sympathetic towards what happens in it, and the main target audience of this book (in my opinion, teenage girls/young adults like the protagonist) will really grow to love it.
However, I personally could not shake off the feeling of how...immature it was. Teenagers who dream of becoming authors write novels like this as their first steps, not when they get published. It felt overly basic, the language was very simplistic and did not offer a challenge to its reader. The story, even if realistic and a reflection of many young people's daily life, was not something we haven't seen before.
Overall, for me, it lacked originality and depth. I liked the characters and I never got bored while reading it, but there could have been a lot more there. ...more
Every time I see that a book I've read has zero reviews, I make it my personal duty to write one. Because every book should have its review (sounds liEvery time I see that a book I've read has zero reviews, I make it my personal duty to write one. Because every book should have its review (sounds like a sorrowful mantra).
In December 2012 a girl walked into the library I worked and brought several bags of books to donate them. She was a Theater Major, and most of the books were plays. My supervisor allowed me to take a couple of them home before we started cataloging them (which was quite generous of her!) So, I got a cool "space-like" copy of Waiting for Godot, and this one.
The story intrigued me (about a guy who instead of putting up cupboards is talking online to a 16-year-old boy with sex on his mind), but the play was disappointing. While it was realistic, it felt crudely edited, and the ending is very extreme for such a story. I would have liked to have seen more depth and different development. However, it's a well-written play, you can read it in less than an hour, and it had a very interesting idea....more
I've never won a giveaway before, so I'm thankful I did with this book.
I wish there were half stars, because this book is a 3.5 for me. Currently, I dI've never won a giveaway before, so I'm thankful I did with this book.
I wish there were half stars, because this book is a 3.5 for me. Currently, I don't have the heart to give it a 3.
I'm particularly critical when it comes to books that are autobiographies and/or memoirs. The information age and the internet has made us all writers, and unfortunately, so many stories of those being written are not worth being read.
That doesn't happen here however. A complete page-turner, with the author's voice coming through loud and clear - the writing is simplistic and basic, but it flows on the page and sweeps you off. I loved the first half - when Erma was still a child. Got slightly bored and annoyed by the second half - after Erma got married. I found the married life scenes too repetitive and unnecessarily long. (The internet has made us all book critics too, and who are we really to be critiquing this woman's work and life? But she did write it for a reason, so there you have it.)
I completely cared for Erma - all throughout the book. I care about her now, and am happy she managed to get on her feet and make a life for herself. However, I will never understand how she could just handle all that cruelty and malice her mother treated her with. I also want to know what has happened to her siblings and where they are now.
Regardless, surprisingly enough, I enjoyed this book. Though enjoyed is probably the wrong word here. I would like to thank the author and Goodreads for allowing me to have this. ...more
I got this book from a rather large bookstore in Levent, Istanbul, and embarrassed myself in the process of doing so. The bookstore people didn't undeI got this book from a rather large bookstore in Levent, Istanbul, and embarrassed myself in the process of doing so. The bookstore people didn't understand English (and I don't know Turkish!), and I didn't have enough money to buy this book and another one I had picked (Kerouac's The Sea is My Brother.) So, I was forced to leave one of the two behind, and paid 30 Turkish liras for this one (some 16 USD.)
Anyway. To the point now.
I really enjoyed reading this book - it's a speedy read, despite its use of a highbrow vocabulary that contains lots of jargon. The book is well-researched. I don't often think of fictional books having bibliographical references, but this one definitely does. And maybe that's one of its minor issues - it tries too hard.
But the story is very engaging. I loved the two main characters (Erskine and Sinner), even though they're supposed to be loathsome and nasty. The sex scenes (or the hints of them at times) were hot and I'm glad Beauman was bold enough to include them.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It's been over-praised and all the technical talk in it can be wearisome, but I still consider this a great and original debut of a novel....more