I am not happy. I just finished a book that was pretty gross, fairly disturbing, had smut woven all through it, had no story arch, and no ending. TheI am not happy. I just finished a book that was pretty gross, fairly disturbing, had smut woven all through it, had no story arch, and no ending. The only reason this book got 3 stars is because the characters were funny to read, and the book wasn't working against me on completion-motivation.
There is just so much to complain about. I have a lot I want to say yet I'm feeling deflated, in a way.
Let me begin with things I didn't dislike: This book is filled with character interactions that amused me. Partick's douchy bro-interactions and his dramatic girlfriends were almost satirical to read. It felt like they were making fun of 80s yuppies - and that was funny. I particularly enjoyed a chapter in which Patrick and two pals three-way call eachother and argue over which restaurant to go to - making, breaking reservations, and discussing the night away until all the places had closed. That stuff is easy to read and made picking up the book easy each time. Literally the only reason this book is 3 stars instead of 2 is that I didn't have to force myself to finish it.
Now for the stuff that I didn't like so much: First of all, what the fuck happened to the plot? I am really irritated that the story had no arch and that the only sort of climax ended nowhere... (view spoiler)[ He had a short car chase with the cops that ended with their deaths and his escape and then just went back to his life? It doesn't bother me so much that the cops never found him, but I feel like the story isn't over... He is still on the loose killing and whatever. His life is boring and meaningless - to him - but we never see him change. He ends his relationship with Evelyn and gets with Jean -which feels like progress- until you find out he is also still with Jeannette.
Most confusing? He finds out that either he never killed Paul Owen, or someone covered it up? This is the only interesting story branch, really. He kills Paul, "packs" clothing for him to make him appear to be traveling, then tells people he went to London. He then kills two chicks in Paul's apartment, and leaves the bodies... only then, when he goes back to find rotting corpses he discovers that an open house of his clean, non-smelly, non-murder-sceney apartment is being shown by a Realtor who is creeped out by him and asks him to leave. [[Later he also finds out that people really do believe they have seen Paul in London... making you wonder if he ever died at all...]] BUT THEN NOTHING!!!?? Why does the Realtor seem to know he is a creeper? Why are the bodies gone? Is Paul really alive? If Patrick is wrong about this, then could he be making up all of his extra curricular activities in his head? Is he really just crazy and not a murderer? But if that is true, then why does the taxi driver recognize him as a killer at the end...? ugh... nothing explained! (hide spoiler)] WTF??????????????
I totally understand leaving some questions unanswered to allow the reader to be miffed and allow conversational debates; but this is not that. This feels undone. Was the author rushed to finish by a deadline and therefor the book was left incomplete? I had hoped that with all of the gruesome crap I drug myself through in order to finish the book that I would have some satisfaction by the ending, in any form.
The only satisfaction I have after completing this book? Having completed a well known book. I can now say "I've read American Psycho". I feel a quite underwhelmed *yippy*...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I know that this book is crazy-short. And I only read 20% of a crazy-short book which is pretty sad. But it wJust couldn't do it. 12/18/15: I gave up.
I know that this book is crazy-short. And I only read 20% of a crazy-short book which is pretty sad. But it was just going NO WHERE up to the point I did read. Literally nothing was happening except that a man seemed mildly crazy, and not even in an interesting way. I am really not a fan of any book that takes that long to get to the point. And if you are going to dilly-dally with the plot, please at least make the beginning interesting. If not, not worth it.
As with all books that I mark "gave-up-on", I doubt that I will attempt to finish this book. When you don't read -even when you have time to read- and don't force yourself -even when you try to talk yourself in to reading more- those are just bad signs all around.
Although, having had that there was a (view spoiler)[twist at the end (hide spoiler)] leaked to me early-on, I will say thaWow. That was a cool story.
Although, having had that there was a (view spoiler)[twist at the end (hide spoiler)] leaked to me early-on, I will say that I was doing the thing where (view spoiler)[you read into the story too much and really try to figure out what is going on (hide spoiler)].... so no surprise there.
But I did like it.
I am not the biggest fan of the subplot around the (view spoiler)[crazy chick who killed her kids (hide spoiler)] though. I have a small son and just don't like to hear stuff like that. I am sensitive to it somehow WAY more than I would have imagined that I could be. I know parenthood changes you because everyone says that to people who don't have kids, and it is annoying since its like this club that parents all seem to be part of... but now I get it. I am literally different., So..
I recently wrote a whole post about it which I am not going to retype here... but you can read it if you want to: A New Stage of Fear
Ugh! I just couldn't finish this book. I really tried to pick it back up but total lack of interest halted my efforts.
This book is not funny.
I think yUgh! I just couldn't finish this book. I really tried to pick it back up but total lack of interest halted my efforts.
This book is not funny.
I think you must have to be a fan to enjoy it? I suppose that if I knew her as a person or from a fan perspective then her stories might be amusing... but as a normal person, not so much.
First of all, her facts are all wrong. Her timeline doesn't match up with actual facts from the years she expresses them from.
Second of all, she bounces around way too much. We go directly from her childhood as a liar, then straight to her at 21 in prison, then she tells about after her first book... but no explanation of why she wrote her first book, or why she skipped large portions of her life. If she was hoping to highlight only the best stories her life has to offer, then I take from that that her life is boring and unfunny.. Neither is a good requisite for a book....more