I picked this book up while waiting for "Gone Girl" from the library. It started out positively, and I was enjoying the plot and storyline. I enjoyed...moreI picked this book up while waiting for "Gone Girl" from the library. It started out positively, and I was enjoying the plot and storyline. I enjoyed the jumping back and forth in the timeline to tell the story. However, the story went downhill for me about midway through, when the author veered too much into the 'devil worshiping' territory. It seemed too 'easy' and really wrecked the book for me. It's one thing to include it in the book, but it didn't need to go on and on, chapter after chapter, and in detail. I lost interest and found it boring and myself wanting to get to the next chapter or another character's chapter (mostly Libby). Gillian Flynn is a great writer, and I thought this book had so much potential to be greater than it was. I really enjoyed the character development through out this book-- especially that of Libby. I started out disliking her and finding her really irritating. As the story progresses, she reveals more and more and her true character and humanity start to emerge. What we are left with is a hurt, lonely, shaken, and overwhelmed girl who has been hiding from herself and the world as a means of "coping". I loved seeing her relate to certain characters in the book (Chrissy), and feeling sympathy and empathy for them. She becomes someone you can somewhat relate to (we all struggle with certain things from our past), and I ended up liking her and feeling sorry for her. I liked that every chapter ended up being a different year and/or character's viewpoint. It made it interesting to read, and I looked to seeing each characters story progress and develop. In the end, I felt disappointed with the ultimate direction the novel took. I do like the 'resolution' at the end, and how it was more complicated and complex in terms of typing and implicating more than one character. I did find many parts unrealistic and overdone (especially the reason Libby went into hiding, Ben protecting her, and the drastic measures they take at the end of the book).
I'm looking forward to reading "Gone Girl" and possibly her first book "Sharp Objects", as she is a talented author and they're different stories and plots.(less)
I think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from the...moreI think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from the inside--some juicy details and "secret behind the scene" recollections. There seems to be such a fascination with this industry, with many people wondering "how could they do that", while curiosity gets the best of us. What I got was a much more raw, honest, and personal story of what many consider to be the "Queen of Mainstream Pornography". This book is much more about Jenna Jameson, her life growing up, and the effects it had on her, than the "behind the scenes" commentary I was expecting. It seemed to be an attempt to figure out who she is and make sense of her past and current life. Of course, she is no longer married to Jay (as the book ends off), and depending on which sources you believe, she is either separated from Tito Ortiz, or happily in bliss. Her craving for motherhood is made clear throughout the book with her early first sexual experiences and yearning to have a true "parent" figure in her life. She takes you through her drug addictions, some photo shoots, the making of her movies, many of her sexual trysts--straight or otherwise, her career, her family drama, and her past. The book is rather long; filled with glossy photos and many black and white pictures from her childhood to present day. I would like to see her write a followup to she where she is in her 'head space' now. Her constant searching for approval, belonging, acceptance, and love is clear throughout, and manifests itself in many different ways (sex, drugs, attention seeking behavior, codependent relationships). I hope she has been able to find a bit of closure now that she has a family and has settled down and found some peace. This was definitely a fun book to read--very easy to read and surprisingly a fast read as well. The pictures are explicit (as a warning to those who are not comfortable with overt nudity but definitely add to the book. The book is punctuated by several diary entrees throughout her life, which if real, is a neat way to see the chronic issues and insecurities that have plagued her from childhood and sadly followed her to adulthood. This book is not for everyone, but it is definitely interesting!(less)