Probably my least favourite SVU novel so far. Lovely, preppy Gin-Yung is sacrificed at the altar of ElizaTodd. Jessica behaves like a bona fide mental...moreProbably my least favourite SVU novel so far. Lovely, preppy Gin-Yung is sacrificed at the altar of ElizaTodd. Jessica behaves like a bona fide mental patient throughout and leaves me seriously rethinking my lifelong Team Jess affiliation. Lamentably Lila is nowhere to be seen but neither is Winston, so that evens things up.(less)
I did not connect to this book at all. I'm not an unemotional person, I'm not the type of person who doesn't cry at books or during films. Around the...moreI did not connect to this book at all. I'm not an unemotional person, I'm not the type of person who doesn't cry at books or during films. Around the same time I read this book I also read Tell the Wolves I'm Home and it had me weeping openly at my desk as I read it. At work! I didn't care, those girls and the uncle and the other guy, my heart BLED for them. The Reese Malcolm List drew tears from my eyes as big as marbles and it was the shallowest book in the entire world. This book had me bored out of my mind.
Overall I found the book very dull, lots of mundane and unecessary detail throughout. I don't need to read about every little thing this chick does. I don't need to read about how many bus transfers it takes for her to visit her friend. I don't need to read about how she's having a root canal and I certainly don't have to read about how she tells everyone she meets about it:
"HI CAN I GET A VENTI CHAI LATTE W/SOY MILK AND BY THE BY I'M HAVING A ROOT CANAL SOON SO DON'T LET ME EAT ANY PEANUT BRITTLE!!!LOL"
Really drags in places. 20% in I notice the story hasn't progressed. Her boyfriend is dead, she is sad. I get it. What now? This time could have been spent building tension between Leah and Liam. I was sick of reading about Leah's stultifying relationship with dead Bastien, "One evening we took the hamster outside and watched it". Beauty, you guys were really in love, huh? When Leah and Liam finally get together, everything goes all romance-by-numbers; they have awkward sex near a lighthouse, she watches him jerk off a little, they have sleepovers, etc. Just when things seem to be going so well, Liam's ex shows up and feeds Leah some bullshit. Leah believes everything this questionable character says and cuts Liam off without speaking to him. UGH. Liam goes back to Ireland. Leah goes back to moping about Bastien and obsessing over her dental problems. What do you reckon happens next? If you have ever read even a single Mills and Boon novel you'll know that Liam is biding his time, waiting to show up just when Leah thinks she's over the whole thing, he'll be wearing a woolly jumper and they'll hug and kiss and then it'll start snowing. ACK. (less)
When I first heard about New Adult as a genre I was pretty psyched. I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to always be reading books about 15 year-olds,...moreWhen I first heard about New Adult as a genre I was pretty psyched. I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to always be reading books about 15 year-olds, but I still want to know what the youngsters are up to. Unfortunately NA has developed a shitty reputation and is kind of a code for YA with more/dirtier sex. I just looked at the New Adult Goodreads genre page and 10 out of the 15 featured new releases have couples on the cover, panting at each other by the looks of it. It annoys me because I think the genre has a lot of potential. There's definitely room in my to-read list for books about people who've cleared all the major teen checkpoints but are still not quite grown-ups.
For me Holier Than Thou is exemplary as a New Adult genre novel, it's about real people leaving college, getting jobs and coming to terms with being responsible for their own lives. It distinguishes itself from being YA through the characters and the story (for example the ending would have gone in a different direction in a YA novel) rather than through increasing nudity.
I recommend the book but with some reservations, it's honest and relatable, but slow. I think I admired this novel more than really enjoyed it. Laura Buzo is a great writer and while the story in Holier Than Thou played with the reader's expectations and the characters were real, it wasn't a compelling novel overall. The whole thing could have done with an injection of the fun and humour of Good Oil.(less)