This book, to me, started off slow and I only really got into it at around page 200. But that would probably be because I had thought this book wouldThis book, to me, started off slow and I only really got into it at around page 200. But that would probably be because I had thought this book would be centered around Kevin (which it is), but in a different way. The story is written in letters from Kevins mother to her father. I assumed there wold be some parts of the book which you would see from Kevin's POV but you do not.
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You are taken on a journey and experience the struggles that the mother feels throughout motherhood. She talks about her emotions, how bad they may be, and each experience she has had in the years of mothering Kevin. Kevin is percieved, in her view, as being a troubled child - who will partake in many activities which seem strange and violent. She tells of how babysitters or nannies share her view, although, her husband's view of the child is completely opposite to hers - he see's Kevin as a normal healthy young boy.
As the story progresses you are taken through these situations in which Kevin has been involved, shown from the mothers POV. He is percived as always being the culprit in these situations - but is he really?
The end of the book is what really made this book for me. The events and emotions that are captured in this part of the book make it an absolute must-read. Not at all what I expected and I was totally mind-blown.
At first, I was going to give this book a 3 star rating, but after reading that ending I felt so sad to be finishing it and so happy with the end that I could give it nothing less than a 4 star rating.
I must say, I really have developed a liking towards Kevin, and the characters in this book will be hard to forget. I will miss reading this, but It will always be around for a second read-through....more
When I was reading this I was constantly questioning the parenting, or lack thereof. I hated howI hated how dysfuntional this story was.
When I was reading this I was constantly questioning the parenting, or lack thereof. I hated how they just let their daughter date a man so much older than her, it's peadophillia. Disturbing. On top of that, alcoholic.
I just couldn't wait to get to the end, hoping ANYONE would come to their senses and kick this guy out on his a***. But it never happened. The only one with any sense was Dawn.
Okay, so. Original anger about this story over. Now, let me start again. I did likd this story, don't get me wrong - I just hated what was happening in the life of this girl. There was no security - her mum not having any secure relationships herself dying for her daughters appriciation and friendship so much that she had to fabricate an affair with an older man herself just to form a bond. Her father - cares about her sure, but doesn't appriciate the mother, and tries to hard with her. The old best friend Dawn - so damn clingy (but understandably so - being as unpopular as she is) but the only one with any sense actually telling the main character whats wrong with her life and what she's doing. How dangerous it is, how irresponsible she is. Her new friends - not so good. But herself - masachistic, low self-esteem, dysfunctional and just plain suggestible. I am British, but I must say - this is not the typical life for a British teen - it sure as hell wasn't for me, and I had much more sense.
I do however, like how young the author was when she began to write it (although, that in itself is kind of disturbing - thinking of the content). It's an eye opener, and I must say I was grimicing whilst reading it - but I couldn't stop.
Would NOT recommend it for young readers - it's way too suggestive. ...more
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