It's not that I struggled with the concept of this book. I didn't. I just didn't find it compelling to read which was so much of a let down I cannot eIt's not that I struggled with the concept of this book. I didn't. I just didn't find it compelling to read which was so much of a let down I cannot even begin to explain. The blurb itself coupled with it's status as a Waterstones book club book promised such greatness mixed with gruesome sink-dropping mania and psychological problems and extras that I was so intrigued I had to try another crime novel. They're not my style but for now I'd give this one a shot.
It however just didn't work when put all together, there were too many elements which were working independently of each other. For instance, her search for a new boyfriend was completely seperate to resolving her issues with her past boyfriends which then was independent of coping with her mental health issues. Somehow the whole narrative lacked the cohesion I desired in a good crime novel.
Since it was a crime novel I understand that I don't have much authority on the whole subject but I think I can safely say that this book left a lot to be desired for my part anyway.... ...more
This book was probably the most shocking book I have ever read. Unlike you I hadn't read the blurb so I knew nothing more than it was aboutJayus.....
This book was probably the most shocking book I have ever read. Unlike you I hadn't read the blurb so I knew nothing more than it was about a boy in Ireland in the 80's. I can't profess to know much about the 80's, being a 94' kid and all so I was ready to give it a go.
Jim Finnegan would be the said 80's Irish boy and he was a protagonist like no other. Maher's use of language keeps the story humorous whilst at the same includes many serious issues which affected this 14 year old kid at the time. This is a spoiler so it's in white if you choose to have a look... Being raped repeatedly by his parish priest was not what I was expecting at all. The way Maher treated it was so well done though, he kept the true shock and horror of the event. Myself as a reader couldn't quite believe it was truly happening either, I really felt that I could identify his feelings therefore the connection I had to Jim as a character was intense.
My connection to Jim as a reader continued throughout the book. Even when his relationship with Saidhbh started which I don't normally go for. I really cared about how he was gonna cope with everything that he was facing and was amazed when he found solace in the strangest places. The physical mystical powers part of the book was something I found difficult to deal with though, it pushed my belief in the characters and the reality of the whole a tad too far. But because it was really just at the close of the book I could forgive it that much.
All in all I truly loved this book and really cannot recommend it further. Try it....more
Celebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not tCelebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not talking about the serious tone because I was aware of his depression and other issues before hand. It was more the description of his work, either the work swallowed up his life ooorrrr his life didn't make the final cut because I felt constantly that I was hearing of his never-ending failures.
Now I realise that it being an autobiography he cannot make those failures successes but it was the style in which they were told. Very reminiscent of a list, like this happened and it failed so we moved on to this and it failed and then this and it failed. Every so often though it was interspersed with a part of his life, like his friendship with Matt Lucas or his relationships which was so honest and open that it was a pleasure to read. These interspersions made the book readable but just.
I trudged through this which was such a let down to me since I was looking forward to it so much. The writing style itself was not the problem, on that score I have nothing to complain about. It has the conversational style which I enjoy in an autobiography and yet keeps an informative tone which keeps the whole book grounded. Which was important in this book especially as it could have easily escalated in madness.
All in all I would recommend this for only die hard Walliams fans, otherwise maybe give this one a miss....
I knew that the new book was coming out and thought it was the perfect time to read the series and I was perfectly right to do so. This was a completeI knew that the new book was coming out and thought it was the perfect time to read the series and I was perfectly right to do so. This was a completely refreshing, pus-filled read which got me out of that terrible book run which I'd been miserably following.
When I say it was pus-filled it was 100% that and more. The most descriptively disgusting book I've ever read but that just made it even more awesome, which was a surprising factor because I'm really not into gore. The zombie virus which went round was realistically described in every detail, he definitely did not hold anything back which is a massive part of it's charm to me.
It's frankness continues with the character involvement, how he deals with characters language, class infrastructure, death and taboo subjects such as cannibalism and adults killing their own children. He switches from a group of private schooled, country toffs to state educated city dwellers in a heartbeat and was not afraid to let there be a slight stereotype in there. This I loved because that's the truth, stereotypes are created because there is a lot of that one type of person, there is always a hint of truth no matter how big or small. Higson took that and ran with it, basically saying "feck off" to any person telling him to be PC like near on every other YA novel.
The narrative with it's fast paced action mixed with a frank portrayal of the emotional and psychological effects which really hit you hard, in a good way. By the end of the book I was truly sad to stop, I wanted to know what was going to happen in Maxie's future, would anyone else get sick? Would she ever have a kid? Would that become an issue for her?
The similarities to the Gone series are striking but the styles for me are so different and they approach a similar situation so uniquely that they are both really worth reading. Mostly I think to show that YA books make points about politics and the society we live in too. This should not be overlooked just because they are placed in a section for a younger generation. Especially seeing as that generation are going to be making the decisions when you are older.
It's a lot to think about and grasp within this book and I'm still caught up in it's political and philosophical points which I can't elaborate on without ruining it ......
I know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama schooI know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama school with no money and then one day BAM they're talent is realised that was there all along. BUT NO. This was not at all like that, heart-wrenching tale yes, but completely justified.
His start in life as a quite pudgy Chinese kid who was adored by his family quickly turned into a petrified obese teenager who felt terribly alone and petrified after some idiot threatens him. Drama unsurprisingly is the way he turns, psychologically it makes perfect sense. He develops an emotional rush and dependance on the positive reaction to his humour which is most brought out in Drama whilst simultaneously helping him forget his own failure by laying it at his characters door and not his true self.
Once he has earned a place a drama school however it all goes terribly wrong, his fear of failure goes into overdrive and he turns anorexic. But instead of using this horrific tale of food abuse to get as much sympathy as possible Gok uses a factual, light-hearted style that states his thoughts, feelings and actions without wringing you out. This, for me at least, made me truly feel for him and care for him as a person. Hope the best for his future, which slowly develops and is truly joyful to read.
I was so happy for him when things started to go right and he found a direction that I just couldn't stop reading. I was hooked! I found every excuse possible to keep reading to see how he got from the lowest self confidence I have ever heard of in a person to turning womens confidence from nothing to a healthy amount.
Even if you don't watch Gok or have any idea who he is his book is absolutely worth reading from a human interest perspective. I recommend to all, even people who hate autobiographies...
Not my favourite book in the world by quite a bit. It was way too into the meaning of life and then in the next paragraph BOYS LOVE SEX and then HEARTNot my favourite book in the world by quite a bit. It was way too into the meaning of life and then in the next paragraph BOYS LOVE SEX and then HEART DEATH LIFE WHY? WHEN? it's a lot to take in one quick jump. I have no experience with the organ donation world but I have to say it sounds beyond shite. I've been very ill, (scarlet fever, glandular fever and tonsilitus = no breathing= not healthy) and this did help me understand more how hospitol is like another world, whilst you are there all your world is on one bed. It's difficult to imagine how much that takes effect after such a long time, I was only there for a month. However I do feel that Wolfson didn't really portray how bad it must be for Dani, I just didn't feel that attached to her character that much, which was a shame.
Although this book wasn't that long I still didn't really feel it had much content apart from the medical side of it, Tyler was an underused character. I loved him getting drunk at shivah, it was the most realistic part of the whole book for me although what was up with the weird-spiritual-and-yet-not-uncle who I really thought would crop up again but he didn't, whether that was due to Wolfson forgetting about him or just thinking he wasn't worth mentioning. (Not worth mentioning in the first place I felt, then again that could be me in a grumpy yet again I'm ill mood).
The death of Amanda was really horrible though, imagine watching your own daughter die it's really horrific. Then again I just don't understand the attraction of gymnastics beyond having an abundance of sparkly leotards. But there must be something I'm missing.....Anyway she was so OCD for a kid I'm really kinda worried if thats every kid, I'm against them worrying about anything beyond when they get their next E number and being let loose on the playground. I've watched Pushy & Proud Mums and even I a child of the desensitized generation (according to the media) was shocked at their standards. One kid before her beauty pageant was fed 12 shebert packets (like sherbet fountains) and then wondered why she couldn't concentrate....perhaps weird american mother (not saying all americans are weird just clearing that up, but beleive me this one was) if you think really REEEAAALLLYYY hard you might remember giving her her body weight in sherbert therefore she's off her tree!
To sum up definitley not one I would recommend but I can tick off the I've read a book about organ donation box soo not entirely useless.
I think that this book is very very clever or failing that so autobiographical that it is not genius at all, instead is just a pouring of a depressedI think that this book is very very clever or failing that so autobiographical that it is not genius at all, instead is just a pouring of a depressed womans soul onto paper. Either way it is a stunning and yet strangely gruesome to see a mind turn in on itself in this way, so much so that constant dwelling on death is proved inevitable.
Even though Esther is surrounded by opputrtunity at the start of the novel it cannot stop her mental decline. Which I think was perfectly captured when she throws all of the expensive gifts out of her hotel room window. Her disregard for material items is slighly prophetic of how the book will later develop as her interest in the things which she used to strive for perfection (such as education, career and her love life) become meaningless to her. This is one of the things I truly love about this book, the slight developments of her condition to the end result which is completely understandable from my perspective.
Her search for love was also a really interesting point in the book, she thought she had found it in Buddy but his revelation to her made him completely imperfect therefore she has to cut him out of her life. She then HAS to find someone else to feel that love she desperatley wants and she needs so that she has a sort of validation I beleive, that her life is completed because she, being herself, is wanted by another human being. This is certainly something that I went through when I was in a similar state of depression and therefore can fully sympathise with perhaps that is part of the wonder of the book to me as it seems those who have not had mental illness feature in their lives do not see the many many layers within the book. It's something I enjoy the most about reading, reading inbetween the lines and if you like that too then this is definitley the book for you.
Overall I think the this book shows the entirety of mental illness without any disguise and this is something which I beleive is something everyone should know about and understand.