I really liked it- a lot more than I thought I would. Seeing the trailer for the movie made me want to read the book, so I was really glad when a co- I really liked it- a lot more than I thought I would. Seeing the trailer for the movie made me want to read the book, so I was really glad when a co-worker let me borrow her copy. I wasn't sure what to expect with it, and I really liked how creepy and mysterious everything was. I also LOVED the photographs throughout the book, and they somehow made the book more interesting. Especially since so many of the photographs went so well with the book and the characters and what was going on.
I think maybe part of me was expecting the story to be more about Jacob's grandfather, and I was actually a little surprised by how it was more Jacob's story. It's not that we don't learn about his grandfather, because we do, at least a little. I wish we got a little more about the children, and why they can do what they do, but perhaps that will be explored in the rest of the series. Speaking of the rest of the series- even though I really like this book, I'm not sure if I want to keep going with the series.
My Rating: 4 stars. I think I expected more with Jacob's grandfather, and I wanted to know more about why there are people who are so peculiar, but I also loved how creepy the book was. And the photographs- they were really cool and interesting and added something special to the book....more
I heard about this book from a co-worker, and I'm actually glad I read it! I was unsure of the romance, because there is a HUGE age difference betweenI heard about this book from a co-worker, and I'm actually glad I read it! I was unsure of the romance, because there is a HUGE age difference between Kellen and Wavy. But I ended up rooting for them, and I thought it was really well done.
If anything, this book broke my heart. The relationship that Kellen and Wavy have in the book is very unusual, and you can tell that he really cares for her. It really seems like he's the only one looking out for Wavy, and making sure she's okay. Even when other people have good intentions (like her aunt), you can tell that he has her best interests at heart, and it was no surprise that it turned into something.
I would also like to point out that they don't have sex until she's 18, and this book definitely isn't for everyone. I can see why people would have a lot of issues with their friendship, and later on, relationship. There is domestic violence and drugs in the book, so keep that in mind if you're considering reading this book. It does take place over the span of 15 or so years, so that is another thing to keep in mind.
I really like that we're never told how to feel, and you really go through a range of emotions throughout the book. We can draw our own conclusions about the book, and I finished the book not knowing how I felt while also loving the book.
Wavy is very much influenced by everything going on with her parents, and it is through everyone else's eyes that we see things unfold between Wavy and Kellen. It's uncomfortable and graphic, and I think everyone will have a strong reaction to it, whether you think Wavy and Kellen are both victims or Kellen took advantage of Wavy and should have known better.
My Rating: 5 stars. I loved this book, and even though it was uncomfortable to read at times, it was worth it. I definitely finished the book questioning so many things!...more
I started off really liking the book and being really interested in what was going on. I did lose momentum with it by the end of the book, and I basicI started off really liking the book and being really interested in what was going on. I did lose momentum with it by the end of the book, and I basically finished it just to say that I finished it. Which is unfortunate because I really wanted that to not happen. I think I may have to re-read it at another time, because I liked it enough to give it the attention it deserves.
It is a really interesting mystery, and I love that it's a story within a story. You have Daniel finding a book, and then he starts discovering more about the author and his story, and it is such a cool (but also slightly dangerous) thing to try to figure out. I also like that it takes place in the 1940's in Spain- something about the time period and place add to the mystery of what was going on, and I don't know that it would have worked nearly as well in another time and place.
It also reminds me that I really need to read more translated works- if I hadn't have looked for translated books, I certainly would not have come across it, and I'm glad I did.
My Rating: 3 stars. It started off really well, but I just sort of lost interest and had trouble focusing on it. I do plan on re-reading it, though, when I'm more able to focus....more
I'm not sure what to think about The Vegetarian. It's a very weird book, but in a good way. It is interesting that she gave up meat because of a drea I'm not sure what to think about The Vegetarian. It's a very weird book, but in a good way. It is interesting that she gave up meat because of a dream, and that dreams played a big role in becoming more plant-like. In a way, it seemed like becoming vegetarian was Yeong-hye's way of gaining some sort of control over her life. It also goes in a direction that I did not see coming, and it's interesting that you see it through the eyes of her husband, her brother-in-law and her sister. Part of me wishes that we saw Yeong-hye narrate even a small portion of the book, but at the same time, I liked seeing her through the eyes of the people around her.
One thing I wondered was how people in South Korea view vegetarians, and if it's something that's very specific to her family. I honestly assumed her family would be okay with it, and I'm not sure where that assumption came from. But something about how they reacted rang true.
My Rating: 4 stars. I did like the first two parts, which focused on her marriage and being a muse for her brother-in-law, but I wasn't as interested in the last part, which focused on her sister. It's still worth reading. ...more