Great ending for this trilogy. I found the first half of the book too slow: there are some boring passages and nothing really seems to be as interestiGreat ending for this trilogy. I found the first half of the book too slow: there are some boring passages and nothing really seems to be as interesting and compelling as the previous books. I honestly felt a little bit disappointed by how things were evolving and was quick to decide I was not liking it as much as the previous ones. But then things are set in motion and it gets better and better and the last hundred pages were so worth it. Loved the dialogues, the twists, the choices of the author, the finale. It was very emotional and I think it gives an interesting perspective on life, growth, story-telling, good vs evil and humanity. ...more
I consider myself a Hornby fan -I've read three of his books before this and I really enjoyed them- but I didn't like this one. I think I got the wholI consider myself a Hornby fan -I've read three of his books before this and I really enjoyed them- but I didn't like this one. I think I got the whole point of it (or the main one anyway), and while I think the message there it's very important (thus the two stars), the story itself and the writing were so painfully boring for me that I lost track of everything while reading. I could recognise those lines that were meant to make you stop and think about what had just been said, but I was just too bored with the reading to even bother. Same goes for the funny lines, that didn't really made me laugh or smile even once -something I'm not used to, since everytime I read a Hornby book his writing and style and choice of words I find extremely pleasant and entertaining. At first I thought my problem was that I couldn't relate to the character, me being a 24-year-old student and not a married middle-aged woman with a job and a house and two children talking about marriage and divorce, but then again, I also didn't relate to the characters of many other books I read, but I could still enjoy them.
Finally, I hated Katie. She is so whiny and selfish, I couldn't stand her. I'm not criticizing her for her doubts and thoughts -we all make mistakes, we all sometimes think what she thinks, we are all selfish in our own way sometimes- but she is just too much, and she never really grows. That's so irritating and- I hope- irrealistic. But maybe that was part of the whole point of the book, that there are people like that, and there are people who never really change their views (even though the other option -her husband irrealistic and drastic change of personality- is obviously also not an example to follow), and that's exactly why we need to really think about everything that is being said in the novel, to think about our behaviour and to get to some sort of personal conclusion on what it means to be good...but still, I don't think that really worked for me. I just wanted to get to the end of this book and be done with it already....more