Disclaimer: I received an uncorrected ARC of this book for free as part of GoodReads First Reads program.
I try to steer clear of YA fiction as at 40 yDisclaimer: I received an uncorrected ARC of this book for free as part of GoodReads First Reads program.
I try to steer clear of YA fiction as at 40 years old I am past that, but this book did not seem like a YA book except that the characters were 18 & 19 flashing back to a childhood friendship. I loved the way this book was written. It was slow paced, but perfectly fleshed out. The book has a sense of dread and foreboding of what is to come. The book is told in flashbacks and flash forwards which I have noted some other reviews do not like, but it works here well as a narrative device.
There is some really beautiful passages here, that state some of lives truths in a simple way, in words I never could find to a way to express myself which is one of the reasons I love to read books so much. This book touches on loss and the past and there is a passage where the girls discuss what their ideas of heaven might be light that is just so touching that I wish it were (and I don't even believe in heaven).
Do not judge this solely as a young adult book. It has much to say about out growing friendships and the celebrity worship and paparazzi culture that permeates culture today for any age person.
**spoiler alert** I was so confused by this slim volume of three short stories. I picked it at the library as I liked the simple cover and title and i**spoiler alert** I was so confused by this slim volume of three short stories. I picked it at the library as I liked the simple cover and title and it is a small size easy to fit into purse for a book to read on my commute. I fully admit that I did not understand what was going on in the first two stories. In 'Never Love a Gambler' I was too busy trying to keep the characters straight to be able to think much about the story itself, and it was filled completely with unlikable people except for the boy. And am I wrong in thinking that a ghost saved the day in the end(as I said I was confused? I don't remember most of the second story, Shame, except the adulterous wide mentioned on the first page. The last story, Ross and Kinnder, was my favorite, and mostly because I understood what was going on plot wise and it was incredibly descriptive and creepy discussion of morality. I am all for interesting and dark fiction that wants to be different, modern and inventive, but not when it comes with the price of the obfuscation of understanding what just happened in the pages of the story in the simplest of terms....more
I received an uncorrected ARC of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway contest.
This book is a slim and quick read. While there isI received an uncorrected ARC of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway contest.
This book is a slim and quick read. While there is no disputing that Kundera is a great writer I felt this book was very superficial - only skimming the surface of these characters: Old men who still have mommy issues, walking and talking about Joseph Stalin and name checking German philosophers.
There is the focus on the imminence of death and also a fixation on birth and motherhood (lots of page space dedicated to the navels of women in a not very long book).
I think the bottom line was that not only did not much happen in the book (People take walks and go to dinner parties and stare at women's belly buttons) but there was just not much for me to relate to or find in common with the characters.
The title of the book and cover art were my favorite part of it....more