Great story, interesting characters, a lot of details and insight on things, but mediocre and inconsistent writing and an ending that left too much to...moreGreat story, interesting characters, a lot of details and insight on things, but mediocre and inconsistent writing and an ending that left too much to desire.
The writing It was not terrible, but there were three main things that annoyed me a lot: the constant shifting from past tense to present tense, the annoyingly frequent use of ellipsis at the beginning of paragraphs and the impossibility of Cal knowing what the other characters were thinking at all times.
The Story The story was really interesting most of the time; the allusions to Greek mythology were great and the hermaphrodite-related stuff seemed to be very well researched, presenting all that information in a way that wasn't boring or too informative for a novel.
(view spoiler)[ Desdemona and Lefty's epic incestuous story, almost perfect and incredibly entertaining (specially before they arrived to the US), would've been a perfect book by itself. Milton and Tessie's part was fortunately short because, although still kind of incestuous, was not so interesting. I think I was too sad because the other story had ended to appreciate this one. Chapter 11 was the most annoying kid ever and that part were he made his sister get naked just to look at her was weird, and why the fuck didn't Callie say anything or at least why wasn't she mad at him after that? Ugh, I hate him. Also, I had to constantly check how old Callie was and I was always shocked when realizing she was still like 7 or 8 years old because I thought she acted kind of weird for her age. When Callie is a teenager things get a little more boring and annoying. It was weird how Milton and Tessie never really knew anything about her being a hermaphrodite until she left them a note and run away, and I thought that the whole Father Mike and Milton situation at the end was stupid and unnecessary. Cal as a grown man is a necessary part to the story, but I didn't like too much the way it was placed in the book. The story was nice but a little too simple and I would've like to learn more about him between the ages of 15 and 40. (hide spoiler)]
At the end, I was all too eager to finally finish the book to actually care that it ended the way it did. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
As a 12 year-old girl reading a 12 year-old girl's diary I found it one of the most interesting and engaging books ever. I thought I had "so much in c...moreAs a 12 year-old girl reading a 12 year-old girl's diary I found it one of the most interesting and engaging books ever. I thought I had "so much in common with Anne" (which makes me laugh now, but yeah, that was what I thought at the time) and it made me very interested in that period in history, which contributed in making me one of the teacher's favourites (I was the only kid who could tell her something about the Holocaust, and I was pretty much the only one in the entire class who had actually read an entire book). But I guess that if I had to reread it now, I wouldn't like it so much as when I first read it back in 2003, not because it's not good but because I've read so many other things about the subject that this one wouldn't make such a great impression on me as it did 8 years ago. Therefore, I won't ever try to read it again. (less)