May be some minor spoilers. I dont want to hide this though...
Last night after finishing the book I left it with 5 stars. After dreaming about one of...moreMay be some minor spoilers. I dont want to hide this though...
Last night after finishing the book I left it with 5 stars. After dreaming about one of the characters last night, I have to lower it to 4.
If I were to divide the novel into two stories and rate them independently, I'd give straight WG a 3 and gay WG a 5.
It's not that the 3's story was bad, per say, but everything works out for him in the end. He has a good life, he finds love, and little happens between him and his best friend.
From the very start the 5 had it rough, told by the apathetic attention to capitalization, an apparent dependence on drugs, and a rough home life. His was the much more engaging story, and his was the reason I kept turning the pages, to get to his next part.
There was a lot of little ends not fully explained though, like what was the deal with his father, was he really struggling that much with the pills, what his "friend" pulled on him (which was loathesome) why did his BF come over later, declare love to him at the school, and promptly dump him later and then proceed to ignore him?
This, I think, is why so many people say that Tiny is self centered and arrogant. I kind of have to agree. I liked him enough when he was being sweet, but as a woman who has always been obese, I didn't really buy the fears and worries about what people say about his weight, nor did I appreciate the obviously ironic naming of the character. At times I felt like besides being a campy gay stereotype, being fat was the only defining trait of this character.
Overall, I think if the authors had focused a bit less on Tiny's "problems" and a lot more at resolving gay WG's, I could have kept with a full five stars. I think that though the ending there worked, it should have been flipped to the poor gay WG, because in the end he was left with nothing and feeling invalidated and he was still the one to end up making Tiny feel like a special little butterfly.(less)