I'm horrible, but I'm bailing out. First page... first sentence and it reads like a high school sophomore creative writing project. I'm a snot, an eliI'm horrible, but I'm bailing out. First page... first sentence and it reads like a high school sophomore creative writing project. I'm a snot, an elitist, but I cringed.
"One brutally hot summer's morning, Paul Trilby--ex-husband, temp typist, cat-murderer--slouched sweating in his t-shirt on his way to work, waiting behind the wheel of his car for the longest red light in central Texas."
Ouch. I would have maybe been hooked on the cat murderer part, but the rest of it.. wow.
His fourteen-year-old Dodge Colt rattled in place in the middle of the Travis Street Bridge, hemmed in on all sides by bulbous, purring pickup trucks and gleaming sport utility vehicles with fat, black tires. The electric blues and greens of these enormous automobiles reflected the dazzling morning glare through Paul's cracked and dirty windshield; they radiated shimmering heat through his open window."
I'm sorry Mr. Hynes, this may be a great book and funny as all heck like the back cover says, but you've lost me. Maybe it's for the best. ...more
I’ve heard about the stigma surrounding it, the ‘found’ diary, the banning, and the horror of a girl getting caught up i Holy Hell, I hated this book.
I’ve heard about the stigma surrounding it, the ‘found’ diary, the banning, and the horror of a girl getting caught up in drugs. I also heard how profound an effect it had on society at the time of its release.
It was 25 cents at the library so what the hell. First of all, I really thought that people thought it was written by some random teen, found and published to warn us all of the danger of drugs and a Godless existence. Maybe if I had read this when I was ten, when I picked up VC Andrews for the first time it would have scared the shit out of me but as a 45 year old mom, I find it cheesy, irresponsible, horribly written, and god is she annoying.
Yes, I am a cynic. Sarcasm is like a third limb. I’m biased. I’ve read YA books that are superior in so many ways. I know I need to consider the era that it was written, I can totally see my mom handing this off to me as a woebegone tale (along with the anatomy book that was silently left on my bed). It doesn’t help. I still think this is trash.
Reefer Madness, some after school special starring Scott Baio and Melissa Sue Anderson, Courtney Love… We’ve seen it all before… I just feel that this is a poor example.
The journal entry format is annoying… she doesn’t write like she’s a 15 year old…she is so wholesome in the beginning, ‘oh, I need to lose weight’, ‘oh, no one will ever like me’, boys are perfectly respectable, on and on and on…
The drug parts were a little interesting… they didn’t SAY NO TO DRUGS you, they let you see that you can enjoy it and it can be addicting and it always stays with you. And people will ‘intercourse’ with just about anyone. Anyone who has done drugs, or knows drug addicts knows this. The writing here is so generic, textbook, PLAIN. I can see a Mormon therapist sitting down in her cat eye glasses saying ‘this will show them.. they will all go to HELL’. Yeah, not my cup of tea.
If anything, I thought Alice’s time in San Francisco and Berkley were pretty damn cool. Oregon, not so much, but you can’t deny the street kid/drug issues of Oregon. It fit into the storyline.
I don’t know, maybe it works for some people… me? Meh. Not so much. ...more