I was expecting this to be a life-changing book. It wasn't. Perhaps it was because I had such high expectations, or perhaps it was because I was itchiI was expecting this to be a life-changing book. It wasn't. Perhaps it was because I had such high expectations, or perhaps it was because I was itching to start Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but, sadly, I didn't gain as much as I thought, as much as I hoped, from this book. There were moments that were poignant, and there were lines worth writing down in my quote book, but I feel like, in a couple of months, I really won't remember what this book was about at all. And that makes me sad...
Truth be told, I know it's my fault for not giving this book enough time, enough reflection. If I read it again, at some point, I think I will glean more from it. That said, perhaps my "review" of this book should be taken with a grain of salt, and perhaps it's not really fair of me to say what I didn't like about this book...but I will anyway. It's hard for me to say if I ever had the formed thought about what Hanna's big "secret" was, but somewhere in the back of my mind I think I knew. So that when it gets revealed, it seems less like a secret and more like something I've known somehow, at some level, all along. And what was with the incessant question asking toward the end of the book? Yes, they were important and relevant questions, and maybe it's asking a lot of the reader to think that she will get there on her own, but it seemed to take away from the importance, the relevance, to just state them point blank. It seems to me that the writer has really done his job, when the reader can discern those questions on her own. What's the point in being told what you're supposed to be questioning?
I'll admit, it was a mistake to read this book in the middle of reading the Harry Potter series. Hopefully, at some point, I'll get the time to really give this book it's due. ...more
There is no end to the list of things that drove me crazy about this book. I found most of the characters selfish and shallow, and I finished the bookThere is no end to the list of things that drove me crazy about this book. I found most of the characters selfish and shallow, and I finished the book simply to finish it and with the hope that at least one of the characters would redeem him/herslef. Alas, there was no redemption and no growth. I was also deeply saddened and incredibly frustrated that the tragedy which opens the story becomes merely an afterthought by the end.
One thing I love about reading, about stories, is that at different points in one's life, the same book can be read so differently. A book can mean one thing when one reads it at age 18 and something completely differeny at age 28. I know that my feelings about this book reflect less about the book itself, and more about the place I am right now. Talk to me in 10 years, and I might have a completely different opinion.
But for now, I found this book irritating at best, and disappionting at worst. This is the second Oprah book I have read (the other being We Were the Mulvaneys, which I also did not care for at all), and thus far I have been, unsurprisingly, unimpressed. I do have a couple more on my "To-Read" shelf, and I guess I keep hoping at some point I won't be disappointed. But I might just be looking for redemption in all the wrong places... ...more