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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Oct 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: cinemany-books
Read in October, 2010

I read this after seeing (and LOVING) both films based on this novel, and was pleasantly surprised (in spite of the book being based on unpleasant themes). The viewpoint from which the story is told shifts between a number of people (and one squirrel) all of whom are either children/teenagers or simple-minded adults. So while the writing seems simple, the simplicity suits the narration, while remaining intensely interesting.

The book is considerably graphic (in subject matter, language, and violence)(much more graphic than the movie(s) if you've seen either of them, but haven't yet read the book); so I wouldn't recommend it to those with more delicate sensibilities. But to anyone else, I would heartily recommend it. It is an amazing, brilliant, engrossing, and touching take on both vampire and coming-of-age stories.

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