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389 pages, Paperback
First published November 1, 2016
Anyway, onwards to the review!
Ohhh yeah, I went there (check out the video to see all my unpopular opinions...if you dare.)
BWAHAHAHA....wait....she actually published this?
I thought about falling to my knees on purpose. This was the kind of beauty you worshiped. The kind you built temples for and offered sacrifices to...what would a goddess want from a mediocre mortal like me?
"It would be more...prudent for you not to be my friend," she explained. "But I'm tired of trying to stay away from you, Beau."What changes is our perception of the story due to gender roles - for example Dr Cullen (now Dr Corrine Cullen) lives in Forks because her husband (Ernest/Esme) adores small-town life.
There was no humor in her face now. Her eyes were intense, narrowed, the long lines of her lashes stark black against her skin. Her voice had a strange heat to it. I couldn't remember how to breathe.At any rate, that scene (like so many others) felt awkward and cringey to read.
"Will you accept a ride with me to Seattle?" she demanded, voice still burning.
Ctrl+F "She" replace with "He"In addition, I had a pretty big issue was the amount of reused material.
Edit: because according to private messages I'm sexist a**hole and should be ashamed of my review.
This may be a bad example but it's the best one I can think of to convey how it felt to read this book.
So, picture a book whose premise is that all dogs are cats and all cats are dogs. Flipping species.
And the first scene starts with:
Dog: sniffs scratching post before deciding to scratch couch. Kills a mouse.
Cat: chases tail, rolls in mud.
And while yes, I consciously know that the species are swapped... but the dog is doing VERY catlike things... so much that it's hard to think of the dog as a dog, instead the actions begin to associate within my mind as a cat.
And yet, everyone else in the book looks around and goes, "yup. That's a dog, you can tell by the meows."
It would have worked far better if the dog kept some core traits and adopted a few of his new species. Instead, because the dog acts so catlike that wherever he is in the scene, all I can think of is how the dog is a cat.
So... might not be the best example but that's how it felt reading this book.
Beau did SO many things that would make sense as a girl (aka as Bella), but since he was a man, those actions no longer made sense.
I could definitely have seen this book as a really great way to play on everyday bias present in society but it just wasn't handled with the finesse needed for such a wild and broad concept.
Instead, the book came off as clunky and heavy-handed.
"Go to your hell knowing this—that what you love will become all that you hate."