I had mixed emotions after reading this book. I've always been a fan of the he said, she said type of book. And best friends to lovers. I was supposedI had mixed emotions after reading this book. I've always been a fan of the he said, she said type of book. And best friends to lovers. I was supposed to fall in love with this book. I didn't. I looked forward to it and ended up a bit disappointed.
Althea and Oliver were best friend since they were kids and of course, they started having feelings for each other. But before that develops into something, Oliver's sickness got worse. And then things started to go downhill from that.
What I liked about this book is the myriad of interesting characters. From Althea and Oliver's parents, their group of friends in their hometown, and the people that they met in New York. Its hard to not find someone to like among these parade of colorful personalities.
But the thing is, I felt too distant with Althea and Oliver. I felt like there was too much angst, too much rebellion. Things that I have never felt to that extent in my life and I couldn't understand. I was rooting for the two of them. I wanted them to be together.
Yes, I liked that they learned (at least Althea did) to live without the being in each others sphere. That they have grown as a person apart from each other. But that ending? The ending left me devastated.
It was open-ended, but instead of giving me hope---it left me miserable. Because I know, somewhere in the back of my head, that things would not turn up the way I wanted it to be. In my opinion, Althea and Oliver together is a tragedy waiting to happen. God, I hope I am wrong....more
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I love this collection with every piece of my being. I am a biThis book review is for the ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love this collection with every piece of my being. I am a big fan of fairy tales, but sometimes we all get sick of the happy-ever-afters. And this collection of tales is perfect for our twisted little hearts. This collection of fairy tales involved tales of fairies that act like crazy old ladies, of sleeping maidens who would rather stay in a dream-filled sleep rather than be awake and live in reality, of cunning little red riding hood, and my favorite–a very naughty Cinderella. Somehow, contained in these tales are reflections of the real word. In its own crooked ways, these collected stories taught us the harsh realities of life. It gives us the moral lessons stripped of its elegant furnishing and presented to us in its bare-naked glory. This book is the perfect bed time stories for cynics and skeptics; even the romantics will be amused by these stories. Some tales were enchanting in its humor, while others seemed a little dragging especially if you don’t know the referenced tales. But other than that, it is safe to say that these collection of sarcastic, satirical, and twisted fairy tales is perfect for anyone who loves fairy tales with a twist....more
This story about a war waged between a group of twenty-something men who are probably having their quarter-life crisis (or the Beachside Karaoke Crew,This story about a war waged between a group of twenty-something men who are probably having their quarter-life crisis (or the Beachside Karaoke Crew, as I'd like to call them) and another group of Oba-sans was riveting from the start to its explosive finale. This isn't your ordinary gang brawl story, in fact, the persons involved are ordinary citizens like you and me. Which makes this novel a little too frightening. It might just be a satirical commentary on Japan's society, but it also made me realize that we all have the potential to be monsters. Scary thought, I know. Apparently, sometimes all it takes is a little nudge. In this case, it was that junior college student. I still think that the junior college student is probably a symbolism of something more sinister. Of what, that I do not know.
My first Ryu Murakami was Into the Miso Soup, and as with that book---this story was also fast-paced. With very "interesting" characters. Unfortunately, I couldn't find even a single one delightful. In fact, I find each of the member of the beach-side karaoke crew and the Oba-sans as almost the same. Sure, they all have their own little quirks. But in essence, they are all bored with their own lives. All of them needed something to spice their lives, something that would break their monotonous routines. I could relate a little with that. In fact, I kind of hate that I could relate with how bored all those people are. In a way, it was like looking at a mirror that showed an uglier reflection.
I do like the open-ended-ness (yeah, i made up that word) of the story, because as with reality, the only acceptable ending is death. This book is perfect for in-between reads. It is short and the writing is fast-paced. In fact, it would be quite easy to finish this in one-sitting as the story keeps you riveted from start to finish, wondering about each group's next move until it reaches its final act. ...more