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Paint it Black by Janet Fitch
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Nov 25, 07

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: teenagers, lame punk rockers
Read in November, 2007

At times the writing was lyrical. Fitch showed every aspect I admire in an author, but then it just all went to hell. Josie is worse than an ordinary narrator, she is the very definition of counter-culture. Cheap references to punk rock and substances will get you nowhere, when it comes to keeping the attention of a readers. I hate it when authors mention things casually to try and make themselves and the character seem cold, or in some way used to the ways of the world. The use of the word "Barbiturates" was terrible. The book was hard to get through. Thought processes were explained way too often. It was as though Fitch was describing a really good idea that she just wasn't sure how to write. This book could have been much shorter, had the writing been focused and relevant. Yes, we realize Josie is having trouble accepting the death of her lover, but can something actually happen? Though it was full of mental anguish, very little of it was interesting. I regret finished this novel, but at times it was very enjoyable. I actually don't know how I feel about it. READER BEWARE this is not a great read. I didn't pick up the book feeling inspired, satisfied, happy, sad, or any other useful feeling. I mostly just felt a little disappointed... That said, I am glad I read it. Enjoy?
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Kelly Just wanted to say that you really nailed my thoughts on this book. I was annoyed by the same characteristics, yet was taken in by the lyrical prose. Thanks for a great review!

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