You Know What You Have to Do
But Maggi ...more
I actually like the idea of a book written from inside the head of a villain. A mild-mannered teenage nobody who's secretly killing people? Odds are I'm going to be curious about that book every time. However this book had piss-poor character building and I hated how it dealt ...more
I saw this on Amazon and thought it looked good. The story looked interesting and the plot creative. Well, thats really where the interesting and creative stopped.
Mary-Magdelene, aka Mary, Maggie, Mare, is a 15 year old girl who lives with her mom and stepfather in her stepfathers funeral home. Maggie hears voices in her head telling her to kill people. She does act on these voices, and soon is having horrible nightmares, and is forced to go to a t ...more
So I thought I might enjoy this book. The whole plot revolves around this girl Mary-Magdalene ...more
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If there's anything that YKWYHTD has, it's an interesting premise. A character that has a voice in her head that tells her to kill people? How intriguing is that? I thought to myself this would be a freakin' awesome setting and one that would lead to a lot of drama, conspiracies, and other good stuff. The fact that it has a quirky character and an even quirkier inte ...more
You Know What You Have to Do made reading feel like a chore. It was like I was back in school being forced to read. I don't like that feeling.
I did more eye-rolling than reading, really.
Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum hears a voice in her head. It tells her to kill people. Sometimes it's because that person is bad or just because they happen to be crossing the street while she's driving. She's listened to it a few times and it might just be catching up to her.
The dialogue in th ...more
First the book is dark, people die, a lot of people, and all by Maggie’s hand. The book isn’t quirky, funny or anything, it was a dark and ...more
Even though my rating would suggest I hated this book, this isn't so much about hating or loving as it is about being devastatingly disappointed by what turned out to be of a product with a fascinating premise and a very satisfying and deeply engrossing first few chapters. I honestly thought this would be one of those wonderful times when I find myself loving a book that for some reason everybody else has hated, but, as it turns out, I have to agree with the general rating this time. Af ...more
I hate when a synopsis mislead me and lie. I went in hoping for a quirky, fun read like it says, but instead, all I got was a very dark, slightly insensitive story about a teenage murderer. This is not a light or simple read. Quite frankly, I'm surprised I even finished it.
Maggie, as a character is very dull. There is close to no fight or feelings of remorse (that don't feel forced and awkward) in the book. Every time the voice comes into her head, I waited, hoping that she would fight ...more
Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum refuses to be known as anything else but Maggie. Maggie starts to hear a voice inside of her head telling her to kill people when she feels like someone is being cruel or unfair. The voice tells her, “You know what you have to do” and gives her ways to kill people. Maggie doesn’t want to kill people but the voice and the headaches are too much for her to fight. The books description is really misleading and I feel like...more
2.5 stars - You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko is a difficult book to review. The writing was well-done and I was captivated by the premise while I was reading it, but I was unsatisfied with the ending and the lack of a cohesive plot. As I was reading, I thought the story was building to a large, climactic finale but it just went out with a whimper. Thinking back on it now, there doesn't really seem to be a point to this boo ...more
I do wish we had seen Maggie try to resist the voice in her head (like REALLY try) because I feel like most people would need some major coercing in order to murder someone else. Even if that person was an awful human being.
And that was the part of the story that interested me the most---the Dexter-ish idea of killing people who "deserve i ...more
Fifteen-year-old Mary Magdalene Feigenbaum is a girl with a problem. She hears a voice in her head that tells her: 'You know what you have to do'...and it wants her to kill, seek revenge for wrongs done to those she cares about. Accompanying the voice, comes pain, even professional help does no good, of course she isn't exactly honest with anyone about w ...more
It's pretty hard (CRAZY HARD!) to create a protagonist that a reader can (dare I say it?) like and care about who is also a murderer and a schizophrenic who many times obeys the violent voice in her head. I mean, the murdering thing, even if some of the victims were deserving, should be a turn-off, right? And the goading voice suggesting atrocities should make your skin crawl, correct? But they don't. We ...more
This is a short YA novel published more than 5 years ago, so don’t expect to be treated to characters expounding on what’s appropriate using today’s s ...more
A copy of this book was generously provided to me by the publisher via netgalley. All opinions herein are mine and were not influenced by the author or publisher in any way.
This book was definitely not for me. Maybe it’s because I’m not in it’s target audience. Certainly, had I read this book 10 years ago (I’m in my late 20’s now), I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. After sitting through countless critical reading courses and a few psychology courses (necessary ...more
The end was really terrible, though, and I don't mean tragic. I really didn't care enough about ...more
This was a quick and very engaging read, but the ending was unsatisfying. I feel like I'm owed a sequel, so I can see where Mary-Magdalene headed next in life. Also, while the book is contemporary, Mary-Magdalene's friend Abigail sounds and acts like a Sweet Valley High character, and I do not mean that as a compliment to Abigail or to the ...more
Again okay story I read for a readathon because it was short.
The main character is very unusual. From her name to what's going on in her life. It's a quick read with a sad twist. While it wasn't the best book I've ever read, it wasn't the worst either. It draws you in and you have to finish it.
The ending was plain, no cliffhanger or real ending. I liked the beginning but it just really wasn’t my type of book. I wish it was more suspenseful or had a plot twist or something to make it more interesting.
to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you've held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the slit of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think , how can a body withstand this? Then you hold like life a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again”