I read books based on personal recommendations of my closest Goodreads friends and this is one of those books/series. So I'm sorry to say that I very...moreI read books based on personal recommendations of my closest Goodreads friends and this is one of those books/series. So I'm sorry to say that I very soon lost my interest in this, second book of the series. Now, I read a lot of books. And I’m not that picky. If it holds my interest and entertains me, I’m usually good with it. And I usually breeze through them in a few days to a few weeks max (because I have a little baby boy). That definitely did not happen with this book. I didn’t care about the characters, Wonder Woman Sarai or Victor-the-cheesy bad ass-killer, or what was going to happen next. In fact, it wasn’t until I finished 80% of the book that I finally started to care… and finally wanted to find out how it was going to end. I still don't see what all the hype was about. Maybe it was just me... Frankly I don’t love every book I read. It’s inevitable when you read as many books as I do. The difference is with this hyped book, my expectations were set so high by all the publicity, that when the book didn’t measure up, I was much more disappointed.(less)
Predictable. Confusing. A little bit boring. This woman is a great poetic writer, but...this kind of story, this hybrid genre (mix of fairy tales, adul...morePredictable. Confusing. A little bit boring. This woman is a great poetic writer, but...this kind of story, this hybrid genre (mix of fairy tales, adult fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...), if it can be called that, just isn't my thing. (less)
I am NOT a fan of romance novels. I find them tedious, ridiculous, and unsatisfying. Maybe I’m being too harsh, but this really isn´t my cup of tea an...moreI am NOT a fan of romance novels. I find them tedious, ridiculous, and unsatisfying. Maybe I’m being too harsh, but this really isn´t my cup of tea and I really don´t know why I decided to read this book. I tend to stay away from them because I feel like I’m looking for MORE out of my reading time than a few hot sex scenes...
But, if you’re a fan of romance novels, you’ll like this book.(less)
"Sarah Clark felt like a freak for two and a half years. It started when she received a leather-bound copy of Othello for her twelfth birthday and en...more"Sarah Clark felt like a freak for two and a half years. It started when she received a leather-bound copy of Othello for her twelfth birthday and ended when her English teacher showed her exactly what was meant by the beast with two backs."
I don't have any idea on how to rate this book. I don´t even know what to think about it! That´s how confused I am right now. This book is too toxic, too dark, too twisted, too shocking, too depresing...simply too fucked-up. It´s definitely too much for me.
I hated main characters. They are almost despicable! Sarah Clark, as a 14 year old child, was a victim of abuse by her 24 years older English teacher and she liked it (because of a lack of parental warmth). Later, she had a sick sexual affair with him until he left her because of his family. As sweet sixteen she was raped and her family turned their backs to her. Her only "safe harbour" was her BFF Jamie, and she ruined him too... As a young woman (21) she is beautiful and smart, but she is also self-destructive sex-addict, she´s sad, broken and miserable... Mr Daniel Carr, her English teacher, is a manipulating, cruel, psyhotic bastard and sadistic pedophile... In my opinion, there is NO excuse for a man in Mr Carr´s position taking advantage of a girl who thinks she´s more grown up than she is. A teacher having sex with an under-age student is wrong in all kinds of ways, and nothing makes it right.
Who is The Beast in this book? They both are. And the beast could not be tamed...
Should you read this book? Frankly, I don´t know...
P.S. I'm surprised that noone of the characters in this book contracted STDs.(less)
This book had me in a love/hate relationship. I found the first half of this book rather boring and very repetitive....moreThis simply wasn't my cup of tea.
This book had me in a love/hate relationship. I found the first half of this book rather boring and very repetitive. I felt like the story was predictable and a little too dramatic at some points. I liked the writing style. It was poetic and beautiful. I didn't like the characters: Maise is anoying and self centered and Evan, or should I say Eric, is weird. Their teacher-student relationship has nothing to do with my opinion of them, and I have no issue with their age difference. In my opinion this even wasn´t pedophillia. I just didn´t fall in love with these characters or their story. The whole story sounded to me like Taming the Beast wants to be Slammed.
All in all it wasn’t my cup of tea and I won’t be repeating the experience anytime soon. 3 Stars is the best I could do. This book has some great reviews and you may enjoy it. But, it just wasn't for me.(less)
Well, it doesn´t have a cliffhanger like someone said to me. It has a happy ending. But this isn´t something special that I would like to reread. Thank...moreWell, it doesn´t have a cliffhanger like someone said to me. It has a happy ending. But this isn´t something special that I would like to reread. Thank god I haven't bought it yet...(less)
Lila has poor self-esteem and she's having a hard time coping with her issues: she´s crazy, angry, whiny and annoying. She drove me crazy and it took...moreLila has poor self-esteem and she's having a hard time coping with her issues: she´s crazy, angry, whiny and annoying. She drove me crazy and it took way too long to get any sexy-action-time. My ex-favorite-dirty-talker, Nathan, became boring and romantic and he has guilt issues of his own. Over and over and over and over again... Bla-bla-bla... Yadda-yadda-yadda...
All in all, I devoured the first book because of all the dirty talking and their explosive sexual relationship. I expected so much more from this book, but...this was something different. Where went my alpha male that I fell for in the first book? Where is their connection and passion? All that sexual chemistry? This whole book looks like some kind of therapy session and don´t take me wrong, but that is not my cup of tea. I'm not hating or anything, I'm actually sad because this wasn't what I expected.
I hope that third book, Reciprocity, will be better.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I’m yours. All that I am, if you want it. I’m not much, but I know I can be so much more with you.”(less)
Dear book, it´s not you. It´s me. I know it sounds like a cliche. You were good. You were really good, bu...moreBuddy reading with my girls Tanja & Glass!
Dear book, it´s not you. It´s me. I know it sounds like a cliche. You were good. You were really good, but I´m just the wrong kind of girl for all this jazz. I loved characters, suck and sweet time and slam poetry, but all that retelling, kissing, tickling, touchy-feely stuff were not my cup of tea. Sorry again. I know there are so many others who will adore you. I wish you all the luck in the world.
(view spoiler)[This might sound bad or even horrible but the only good thing in this book is when Alaska dies. Sorry, guys. But this book was a huge d...more(view spoiler)[This might sound bad or even horrible but the only good thing in this book is when Alaska dies. Sorry, guys. But this book was a huge disappointment to me. (hide spoiler)](less)
I expected much more from it than what I got, so I was, to say the least, disapointed.
For the start...good p...more"The Lisbon girls made suicide familiar."
I expected much more from it than what I got, so I was, to say the least, disapointed.
For the start...good points are that the author captured the essence of suburban life in 70's (America) and he draws you into the mysterious world of the Lisbon girls as they go down in depression, eventually ending in their mass suicide. This book describes not only death of those girls, but death of their childhood/youth and their neighbourhood as idyllic place to live.
Personally, it was a bit boring and it dragged on and on about unimportant subjects. I thought the story development was poor and there wasn't a single character I could really 'feel'.
CHARACTERS: The neighborhood boys are fascinated and obsessed with the Lisbon sisters and they are here investigators/storytellers. These boys aren't realistic, fretting about the neighbor girls but never talking to them, stealing their stuff (Diary? Soap? Makeup? Shoes?) to idolize it. Weird boys worshipping weirder girls for no apparent reason other than they have to make the book go. They don´t even recognize them one from another for Christ sake! The boys were one-dimensional, they are lacking depth and richness, and there was no character development whatsoever.
Lisbon sisters, Therese (17), Mary (16), Bonnie (15), Lux (14) and Cecilia (13), are blondies and they are perfect in every way in the eyes of their weird neighbours.
Their lives are controlled by overprotective and mental parents. They kill themselves because they had no real lives and future.
"In the end, the tortures tearing the Lisbon girls pointed to a simple reasoned refusal to accept the world as it was handed down to them, so full of flaws."
The sisters seemed so underdevoloped and two-dimensional. Everything we know about them is knowledge of their obsessed neighbours/stalkers.
This book to me, seemed more about the boys obsession with the girls, than their troubles or the suicides (or mental/religious parents).
I recommend this book not to teenagers but parents who are controlling. This will show you that if you do not let your children have some fun or enjoyment than you might just loose them.
FAVORITE QUOTES: "With most people suicide is like Russian roulette. Only one chamber has a bullet. With the Lisbon girls, the gun was loaded. One bullet for family abuse. One bullet for genetic predisposition. One bullet for historical malaise. One bullet for inevitable momentum. The two other bullets are impossible to name, but that doesn´t mean the chambers were empty."
"It didn´t matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn´t heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house, with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together."(less)