I was a bit disappointed in this book. I was hoping for a memoir, of sorts, from someone who had actually been friends with Jeffrey Dahmer. Instead II was a bit disappointed in this book. I was hoping for a memoir, of sorts, from someone who had actually been friends with Jeffrey Dahmer. Instead I read a graphic novel, wonderful in it's own way, titled "My Friend Dahmer" where the author spends large portions of the story saying "we weren't really friends, but I'm probably as close as he got so I'll claim it."
But at school, Jeff, for the first time, had friends. OK, he was more mascot than pal. He was, after all, a pretty strange kid. But he's always been a nonentity. Now he was the center of attentions!
Yeah, he called Dahmer a mascot and not a friend. Now, I get it, sometimes the weird ones are hard to really consider friends. I'm fairly weird, so I'm pretty sure I was this person for some people. I even had a few of these "friends" myself, but I never called them my friends. They were acquaintances. But I guess "My Acquaintance Dahmer" wasn't as catchy a book title, huh?
Regardless of my issues with the title, I was fascinated by the story and was thrilled that it was in graphic novel format. The artwork works well with the story being portrayed and, as tragic and graphic as this story is, it is probably one I would include on a required reading list. If it makes enough of a difference in one person's perspective to turn that awkward mascot into a real friend, then it's done it's job. It's only more heartbreaking to know that if an adult had just taken a bit more time and noticed something was up that Dahmer might not have turned into a killer, let alone a serial killer.
This book was so hard to put down that I was actually reading it while sewing - not an easy feat I might add! I recommended this book, already, to my mother and will be making sure my youngest brother (in eighth grade) reads it. This was a used bookstore find and, while I had heard of the book before, I had never bothered to look into getting my own copy because I was under the impression it would be just like every other "I knew random famous/infamous person before you did so I really did know them" and in a lot of ways it was because, like I said, this guy wasn't really friends with Dahmer like the title suggests, but it is written as a graphic novel, which is different, and he even admits in the book that Dahmer wasn't really his friend. Sooo... Props for honesty within the book if not the title, but I did still knock a star for that because it was extremely disappointing for me to discover it was "My Acquaintance Dahmer."...more
Five stars... Why, you ask? Because it entertained me, was a quick read, and will probably hit my "to read" pile again in the future.
Robert Langdon isFive stars... Why, you ask? Because it entertained me, was a quick read, and will probably hit my "to read" pile again in the future.
Robert Langdon is intelligent, knowledgeable about lots of various convenient tidbits of information, and apparently attractive enough that younger women swoon over him and his voice. However, in spite of the convenience of his knowledge, the book is fascinating because of the knowledge. I don't know if any of this stuff is true or historically accurate or not, but this is a fiction book and it makes a great story!...more
It's a great follow-up book to Inquisitor even if it does chronologically come before the first book. Because"Winter Wolf" by R.J. Blain is fantastic!
It's a great follow-up book to Inquisitor even if it does chronologically come before the first book. Because I love Blain's books and how they're written, I'm going to include just a few bits of the things that I love about these books that aren't really about the story. Does that make sense? I don't know... Whatever!
Jurassic Park references. Yes, she references Jurassic Park in a joke to a Detective. It's wonderful!
The way Dominic and Nicole both express my feelings of dogs in various ways and their interactions with each other! "... if another one of those rats nips at my ankles, I’ll kick it." Not that I would ever kick a dog, but those little yippy ones irk me. "Making faces at his affection, I wiped my mouth off with the back of my hand. 'Gross. Don’t you two know I don’t like dogs?'" Yeah, I'm not too fond of the licky dogs either...
There's an entire conversation about rapist, ideals, and proper justice that I would love to quote and while it doesn't really give away any major spoilers, it does give you a look into a relationship that develops a little later in the story that I don't want to ruin for any future readers. Just keep your eyes open for it and love it when it shows up!!!
I am struggling with finding eloquent words to describe how much I loved this book!!!
Unlike the previous book, I can really see myself in this charactI am struggling with finding eloquent words to describe how much I loved this book!!!
Unlike the previous book, I can really see myself in this character's shoes. My two most serious relationships (a marriage and an engagement) have ended with my husband/fiancé cheating on me. The hurt, the trust issues, the feelings of abandonment and betrayal, the feelings of inadequacy - all of these things are captured perfectly by +Gina Drayer. As is the knowledge that the cheater would have cheated regardless.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a dark depressing read, but Gina does a fantastic job of making you feel what her characters are feeling. Unfortunately for me, I haven't met a sexy one night stand to fix my problem, but one night stands aren't really for me. I'm covered under the final tip with my Modern Girl Choices, by the way! :-)...more
I loved this book! I read it mostly in one night (finished in the morning because I passed out during the last chapter due to exhaustion - not the booI loved this book! I read it mostly in one night (finished in the morning because I passed out during the last chapter due to exhaustion - not the book). I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of the series. The ending was perfect for the flow of the book and, while I originally didn't realize just how many sex scenes there would be, the author kept them realistic, achievable, and fun....more
Bad things in a book that I can handle if there's only a couple: • Flowery language • Overblown descriptions • Inconsistent characters • Unconnected plotBad things in a book that I can handle if there's only a couple: • Flowery language • Overblown descriptions • Inconsistent characters • Unconnected plot points • Poorly driven plot • Everyone falling in love • Except the mastermind villain(s) who are evil because of unrequited love • Sprinkles of poorly mentioned and overly detailed history
Want to know how many things from that list are in this book? ALL OF THEM! I'm not usually one to say that a book was bad, but this book was bad. I especially hated how in the very last couple of pages the author decides that it is necessary to tie up every single loose end for the impossibly attractive people she wrote. It was bad, guys.
But, since I was able to finish it, I'm giving it two stars. Just know that I hated it and don't recommend it.
Why did I read it? My five-year-old niece picked it up and said, "look, Aunt Lishy, it's my favorite book!" I thought it would be funny to read her "favorite book" (picked soley because of the pink dress on the cover) and see if she picked a good one....more