Peter is one of the most interesting characters. In fact, he's probably one of my favorites. He isn't exactly what you'd expect and yet he's exactly wPeter is one of the most interesting characters. In fact, he's probably one of my favorites. He isn't exactly what you'd expect and yet he's exactly what you'd expect. He's charming, selfish, honorable, forgetful, adventurous, thoughtless and sometimes thoughtful. He's basically a caricature of a young child.
The entire story is very much centered around make believe. Remember when you were a kid and it could be so real that for an afternoon, you were in your made up land? This book always brings those moments back to mind.
Reading it as adult though, there is a great deal of sadness around the story. It is sort of a perfect encapsulation of the pain and joy of being a kid and growing up. We have a tendency now-a-days to sort of sanitize childhood and to make children into these innocent creatures who would be incapable of hurting others, but children are pretty much amoral until they start to interact with others, learn from their parents, and decide what the rules are going to be. Peter didn't have a mother, but he still had his own moral code which he made his lost boys stick to.
I think I'm always going to love this book a bit. Even when I'm in my nineties....more
The idea of this world is interesting. That is all that kept me going.
This book is written more as a memoir. The narrator mentions it a couple of timThe idea of this world is interesting. That is all that kept me going.
This book is written more as a memoir. The narrator mentions it a couple of times that is what she is doing. Writing down the events of her life. There is no real plot and it is hard to connect to Friday, the main character.
Also, this book has so much sex mentioned, but so little meaning to it all. Everyone in the book is randy and attracted to Friday. After a while it becomes rather sterile. It's just mentioned, never really shown. People are in relationships where there are one woman and two men, and that's acceptable. I thought that was awesome. But the way no one gets jealous every time a particular person from one of these partnerships wants to suddenly sleep with Friday or have her join the group is where the scrubbing really comes clear. It's as if it were written by a young teen who had never actually been with a girl before....more
I cannot believe I'm admitting to this one in public, but I happened across this manga and I actually enjoyed it. It is was dirty and unfortunately deI cannot believe I'm admitting to this one in public, but I happened across this manga and I actually enjoyed it. It is was dirty and unfortunately deals with some stupidly messed up characters.
The lead girl is the typical vacant innocent the reader is supposed to supplant with themselves. More than half her lines involve her shouting out the name of various characters in times of distress.
This story also deals with rape in an uncomfortable way. I sort of gave it a pass because the girl didn't like the rape at the time. She knows it's wrong and doesn't pretend to enjoy it at first. This story ends up becoming more like a study of stockholm syndrome and that I can get behind.
None of the characters really stand out, but the art was enjoyable. The story moves along well for the most part. Though it was laughable that the lead male not only is the boss of a Hong Kong mafia, but is a high school student as well. (That only is in play for one particular storyline though, and only vaguely mentioned later. That storyline is an intriguing catalyst for the rest of the story.) Also, the main girl is shown to care for her family, especially her sick mother, but after she is shipped to Hong Kong, she completely abandons her family.
Still, despite all the issues, it was an enjoyable read provided you don't mind any of the stuff I've just mentioned....more
Loved this, but I'm a huge fan of post apoc dystopias. Katniss is a compelling character. She's strong and independent, but her personality strengthsLoved this, but I'm a huge fan of post apoc dystopias. Katniss is a compelling character. She's strong and independent, but her personality strengths are also her weaknesses. Because she's so strong and independent, she trusts no one. She's a fascinating character to read about and introduce this world....more