I read this book a few years ago, and I have actually read it about 3 times total. Then I lent it to someone and I have never seen it again. And I misI read this book a few years ago, and I have actually read it about 3 times total. Then I lent it to someone and I have never seen it again. And I miss it desperately! I can't bring myself to buy a new copy because I have so many passages underlined, and tons of my own comments in the margins that to have to start all over makes me sad. (Every time I would re-read I would use a different color ink. This allows me to know when the different yummy bits popped out at me.) I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It gives me the warm fuzzies in my belly!
Crane has a way of telling a story that is so easy to immerse yourself in, completely, all the way in, from eyebrows to ankles, you are in the shit! I felt like I knew these characters. Like they were my friends that I met up with at the pub and then went to a Built to Spill concert with. I knew them, I cared about them, and at some times of my life I have been them. Crane tells one hell of a story! I fell in love with the way she was able to catch me in the web of her words. I wish that I could write like her, had even a fraction her talent!!
It has been entirely too long since I have read this amazing book. I think I am going to have to crack and buy another copy. Everyone should read this book. It is comical and sweet but keeps this quirky, edgy, somewhat snarky attitude that makes it awesome! ...more
I've been on a bit of a run with the Ellen Hopkins books. I knew that her books tend to lean toward the darker, perhaps more depressing side of thingsI've been on a bit of a run with the Ellen Hopkins books. I knew that her books tend to lean toward the darker, perhaps more depressing side of things. I was ok with that, and the story was skillfully told. My whole issue with this book actually came when I read the Author's Note at the end. Hopkins' "Note" was to remind us that though this was a work of fiction, we should remember the tragedy of real-life downwinders, those who were terribly effected by the results of government nuclear testing in the Nevada desert... Yeah, Hopkins. That's a great reminder, but perhaps the message should have been to encourage victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse to seek help...
In this story, Pattyn describes early on how reading books had the power to change her thinking. And it seems to me, that the power in this book would be to make young people aware that keeping abuse silent can kill. It seems that it would have been more responsible to remind people that abuse can be stopped, and there are ways to get help. It is my opinion that by Hopkins remembering to acknowledge a PAST event, however tragic, she totally ignored that she could have taken the opportunity to positively influence and encourage someone that my presently need to hear a message of hope and healing.
I realize that I let the Author's Note totally ruin my opinion of this story, and I'm a bit on the nuerotic side when it comes to my reactions to what I read. But... that's just one of my goofy quirks... And I'm sure that I will continue to read other books by Ellen Hopkins, because she really is an amazing talent! ...more