What did I think when I pick up this book, I was not sure . I know I should not have trespassed my classics territory, but I supposed one who reads c What did I think when I pick up this book, I was not sure . I know I should not have trespassed my classics territory, but I supposed one who reads classics too much sometimes curious of what is producing these days, so I decide to pick up this New Adult book. And of course, given the fact that I did not have that much high expectation, the book became terrible and not so enjoyable quickly.
Great things of this book : the main character Ella. She is the kind of girl I admire - brave, poor, vulnerable, but always put on a strong face. She voluntarily worked as a stripper, faked her mom's signature, determined to go to college, battling drugs and poverty and shady people in her neighborhood, and willing to do anything to survive just another day. I love her dialogue and comment and she can be very fun and witty. The ending was great as well - a twist I really not expected to happen, but again, I sorta don't care about the characters involved in the plot twist, so meh.
Bad things about this book : Everything else, basically. I actually enjoy the first half, but the second half got tedious quick. Once we are introduced to the Royals, I started to get bored - it was quite predictable. Firstly, who the hell so lucky as to get a random rich guardian from nowhere? But oh well, I can buy that. It can happen. And secondly, how the hell he also conveniently got some handsome son, who went to a preppy school, and of course the son is a bad, handsome, threatening boy who had a sad past and quickly became aggressive to the main girl character. Tediously, their showoff always bordered on killing each other and having sex. The rest of the book is like your typically high school drama shit -who sleeps with who, sex, party, sex, arguing, rich kids, first world family problems, sex, sex, sex, hot guy and girl make out, angst, sex sex sex. Yeah it gets boring real quick. I don't think boys like Reed exist - if he dare to become aggressive to me, I'm suing this bitch. Plus he's a hypocritical piece of shit who kept making terrible comment on strippers. I cannot get attracted to bad boys who treat women like garbage, and that's why it probably diminished the enjoyment quality of this book.
For those who like this genre, however, it is actually a pretty fun book. Not too bad and the main character is awesome and quite sympathetic, so recommended for those who like new adult book. For classics lover like me, I rather have Dickens and Agatha Christie :)
Pros: - Characterization, especially Carrie - Description. So interesting in its observance that always make me want to go on and read - The plot is quPros: - Characterization, especially Carrie - Description. So interesting in its observance that always make me want to go on and read - The plot is quite interesting and not so tedious as to bore the audience - Realistic portrayal of America in 19th century - Great theme on money, love, human and feelings - Mr. Ames
Cons: - the plot can feel dragging at certain parts: 580 pages could have cut down to 400...more
FUCK THIS BOOK. WHY! WHY! WHY! THIS IS SO DEPRESSING! I have two more exams to take, why you gotta fuck with my mind! Okay, calming down, breath, breFUCK THIS BOOK. WHY! WHY! WHY! THIS IS SO DEPRESSING! I have two more exams to take, why you gotta fuck with my mind! Okay, calming down, breath, breath, breath. So I can write a proper review for this book
The Pros: - Very good storyline about a girl who is found raped and murder in the wood, the same wood which the main protagonist, our detective, had lost two friends there and cannot remember what had happened. - Very good characters : I swear, this book is a mastery in characterization - every single person is unique in the story: we got the depressing, fuck-up childhood, cynical protagonist (Rob Ryan) and his equally strong-willed, sarcastic but also contains a hidden-dark-past partner (Cassie Maddox). - Other equally fucked up characters include the families of the victims: a strung-up dad who might have or not have something to do with the case, a pushover wife who seems strangely subdued by the tragedy, a beautiful but contains something more daughter Rosalind, and a mentally disabled younger sister Jessica whose strange silence made the family seemed more ominous. - A very good mystery : which left me quite befuddled to as who is the killer. I would have rated this book five stars, but I actually managed to figure out the identity of the killer 3/4 way in. - Has some philosophical messages : This book also highly appeal to me because it is very cynical in tone and theme. Weaving between the murder is commentary on jobs, law, human psychology, money, and Irish politics, which are all very engaging.
Now onto the cons, which is why I rate this book four stars: - The plot drags at time : This book is roughly 500 hundred pages in my edition. The story can feel drag for those who want only a good, cozy, Agatha Christie mystery. Trust me, this book is not just a psychological thriller suspense, but also one on characterization and mood setting. That's why it's quite long, but sometimes, I just want to skip a few pages to where we find the killer already! - No sense of poetic justice : If you are seeking for a feel-good book, one that is like "Yay, we got the killer! Finally, got ya bastard!" , then this is NOT the book for you. There was no sense of victory or greatness at the end. It was even more fucked up and depressing. So yeah, also a reason why I rate this book four stars because I was so looking forward to this moment - to catch the bastard in the ending. But it did not happen as I initially thought. It was too fucked up. - (view spoiler)[ Also we never got to find out what happened in the wood. (hide spoiler)]...more