I remember watching The Virgin Suicides when I was younger... a few years back. Though, I remember I liked it - I couldn't funny remember what happeneI remember watching The Virgin Suicides when I was younger... a few years back. Though, I remember I liked it - I couldn't funny remember what happened in it. Which, I suppose is a good start as it makes the book practically new.
I read Eugenides's Middlesex before this one, too. Which a lot of people say is a mistake as 'The Virgin Suicides' is supposedly not as good. For me, however, I enjoyed the Virgin Suicides more than Middlesex. But although there are some small things in both books that are similar, they are too different to be compared in this way, I feel.
The Virgin Suicides is about five sisters; the Libsen sisters, and their short but different lives. The story is told in the view of the neighborhood boys who were infatuated with the girls which gives is a refreshing point of view and I think makes the story a lot more beautiful and completely add's to the shrouded mystery of the girls lives.
The story is beautifully written, and you read it so, just as if you are remembering with the boys - as if, for example, that you are dreaming it. It adds a cloudyness to the lives of the girls. It's also brilliant in the way which the boys sop desperately want to penetrate the girls lives, and you as the reader feel the same way. We as readers are just as out of reach of the girls as they are, which is frustrating but in the best way. That is the only way I can explain my reading of this book.
I think for a lot of people this style of writing is too frustrating, but for me... I have never read anything like it, if just for the prose.
A brilliant piece of writing, and a sad story.
It makes me want to re-watch the film, though I know it won't live up to expectations.
I give this book a 5, and recommend it to anyone wanting to read something different....more
Okay. I know a lot of people don't like this book - just like a HUGE amount of people don't like twilight. But, I think this book was amazing.
I do likeOkay. I know a lot of people don't like this book - just like a HUGE amount of people don't like twilight. But, I think this book was amazing.
I do like twilight, though I am not a crazy young teenage fan of it. But The Host is NOT twilight. I don't think it comes close. Yes it has a few similar themes (love triangles, confusion in love etc) but it is so completely different.
The Host is about a girl named Melanie Stryder, who is a human on Earth - a world that human's are becoming extinct in. The human world has been taken over by aliens who insert themselves into the bodies of the humans and live in them. The alien who takes Melanies body is called Wanderer. This story follows Melanie/Wanderer as they search for the man they both love (Melanie, obviously the partner she was with, and Wanderer in love with the memories Melanie has of him).
But although that is the plot, there is so much more to it! It's hard to put into words, but I could not put this book down. It was engaging and I couldn't wait to finish it but didn't want to at the same time, just because I couldn't wait to see what would happen - but would be sad to stop reading. The ending was exactly how I wanted it. An incredibly exciting, and heart warming read. I'd definately recommend it. Even if it doesn't sound like your type of things.
The Host is meant to have a sequal right? Thats one thing I'm not sure if I want... I mean, I Loved the book, but I wouldn't want a potential threat to how much I loved it by a sequal possibly ruining it. But then again, it could also enhance my love for it carrying on the story. So I guess i'll have to wait and see....more
I loved this book! Everything about it; the concept, the way it was written, the characters, and Elsewhere.
The story is about Liz, a 15 year old girlI loved this book! Everything about it; the concept, the way it was written, the characters, and Elsewhere.
The story is about Liz, a 15 year old girl who is killed in a hit-and-run accident and what happens after that.
The book is sweet, and touching. I loved the idea of Elsewhere, and I so wish that is what the afterlife would be like (although I know it is very farfetched). I just think the idea that Gabrielle Zevin had with this is beautiful and inventive.
I would recommmend this book to anyone. It's such a light read, with some bittersweet moments. I just couldn't fault it. I want more books like this one, and I am certainly going to look into this authors other titles.