3.5 stars. As part of a project (no, really) I'm reading a bunch of the stereotypical romance novels. This one somehow ended up on my list. A nice twi...more3.5 stars. As part of a project (no, really) I'm reading a bunch of the stereotypical romance novels. This one somehow ended up on my list. A nice twist on the typical stuff, adequate writing. (less)
Not sure what to say about this one. On one hand, Hashtag RICHPEOPLEPROBLEMS.
On the other, Lockhart, who I know nothing about, is an excellent writer...moreNot sure what to say about this one. On one hand, Hashtag RICHPEOPLEPROBLEMS.
On the other, Lockhart, who I know nothing about, is an excellent writer and even the plot twist did surprise me. There are spots where the prose really shines, and a lot of the little details (ie the Liars and the Littles) were lovely.
That said, until the last 1/4 or so I was ready to put it down. It was incredibly pretentious. I can't tell if the tone was that way to match the subject matter/characters or is really her style. There were certainly some interludes that were over the top, and probably a few little slips that show an unfamiliarity with how those kind of people live (ie servants all over but the mothers pop to the grocery store to stock the pantry).
In brief, the story of four teenage cousins of the ultrarich who are basically shallow and gross, but much less shallow and gross than either of the preceding generations who spend summers on their own private island. The one cousin, who is half Indian, Gat (I assume a reference to Gatsby), provides the only voice of reality.
But in the end, I was sucked in to the suspense part of the story. *SPOILER ALERT* and even though the death involved in the story is tragic, I can't help but think that the whole world is better off with less of these kind of people.
Anyway - either you'll love it or hate it. Would be a good discussion book for middle school/early high school - but all the darkness is alluded to rather than spelled out.
I'm not sure whether I liked it or not, but I'm off to look for whatever else Lockhart has written. A very promising young writer.(less)
**spoiler alert** Meh. 2.5 stars. See the June 9, 2014 review by M for in depth analysis of the problems.
I was really looking forward to this one. Da...more**spoiler alert** Meh. 2.5 stars. See the June 9, 2014 review by M for in depth analysis of the problems.
I was really looking forward to this one. Dahl is a journalist, however, and hasn't successfully transitioned to the novel. Writing was overly expository for a novel, with long sections of "telling, not showing." Characterization was fairly minimal. Plot was ok, characters not very developed or interesting, a fair number of editing mistakes/typos, as well as factual mistakes about the cultures involved. The big payoff, at the end, with the protagonist's mother never materializes.
The murderer is an unfortunate stereotype of mental illness - the crazy person who goes around smashing people's heads in, but she's crazy so it's not her fault. I did find that stereotype disturbing and also unrealistic.
Overall, an account lacking nuance, development, and the kind of writing that a novel needs. Wouldn't really recommend.(less)