OMG! I love this book. I read it before the first volume, because it came first when I requested both from the library. But fortunately it needs no in...moreOMG! I love this book. I read it before the first volume, because it came first when I requested both from the library. But fortunately it needs no introduction. I wanted to share the love by showing this book to my boyfriend, my coworker, but by the time I received the second horrified stare, I decided this takes a very specific taste for humor. Bunnies, the undeniably cutest animals in illustration, go to ridiculously elaborate lengths to commit suicide. Who knows what troubles these creatures? Do they have terminal illness? Excruciating mental instability? Are they overreacting to a bad break-up? We will never know, but my oh my I love watching them do themselves in. They are patient and clever. These are no quick, ill-thought-out suicides.(less)
This is the second of a series of epistolary novels relating the IM conversations among three BFFs in Atlanta. The format was interesting because it w...moreThis is the second of a series of epistolary novels relating the IM conversations among three BFFs in Atlanta. The format was interesting because it was unconventional, and it didn't detract too much from the movement of the plot. This may be because the plot has barely any perceptible movement at all. As with most IM or SMS conversations, not much is being said.
The "wild" one of the three starts smoking pot (that the other two are shocked by this at age 16 seems a bit unrealistic), the "timid" one begins secretly seeing a boy who used to be majorly into the third member of the group, and the third one, the glue that keeps them all together, is cruelly forced to abandon her friends and move to El Cerrito, CA. (Yeah, East Bay!) That's about the entire book in one sentence.
I decided I probably didn't miss much in the first novel, and didn't check it out of the library after all. I checked this one out in the first place because it's Banned Books Week, and this was mentioned as a challenged book. Whoever thinks this book is objectionable sure is sheltered.
Very Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants without as much action.(less)
Oh, the angst! I decided to go whole hog while reading this one and let the angst wash over me, and my suspension of disbelief worked out well. Every...moreOh, the angst! I decided to go whole hog while reading this one and let the angst wash over me, and my suspension of disbelief worked out well. Every possible type of teenage trauma was included, except for eating disorders (but don't worry, they added that into the movie), so it could have been a bit of an eye-roller if I didn't jump into the alternate reality of teenage drama with blinders on.
I enjoyed the epistolary format, and Charlie's highly observant nature adds the feeling of an omniscient narrator although it's a first person narrative. Charlie is such an odd combination of astute, mature observations from sitting on the sidelines and watching people, and at the same time he's totally naive and I kept having a hard time believing this was a 15 year old character.
Here's a taste:
"By the way, I figure you are probably curious about my dad. Did he hit us when we were kids or now even? I just thought you might be curious because Bill was, after I told him about that boy and my sister. Well, if you are wondering, he didn't. He never touched my brother or sister. And the only time he ever slapped me was when I made my Aunt Helen cry. And once we all calmed down, he got on his knees in front of me and said that his stepdad hit him a lot, and he decided in college when my mom got pregnant with my older brother that he would never hit his kids. And he felt terrible for doing it. And he was so sorry. And he would never hit me again. And he hasn't. He's just stern sometimes." (26)(less)