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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Sep 18, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2014, favorites, reviewed

Couldn't put it down!

(Caution: minor spoilers in the second paragraph.)

This is a story about two shitty people, trapped in a shitty marriage, and their mostly shitty parents and occasionally shitty friends. In spite of (or perhaps because of) the dearth of likable characters and the absence of a clear hero to root for, Gone Girl is a remarkably enjoyable read: witty, darkly humorous, wickedly fun. Even though I knew that there would be a major plot twist – and had a good guess as to its nature – Flynn still managed to surprise me, with multiple smaller twists beyond the first biggie. The overall structure of the book (Boy Loses Girl; Boy Meets Girl; Boy Gets Girl Back) serves the story well, and Flynn’s writing style is both entertaining and trenchant, and keeps the plot moving forward at a steady pace. GONE GIRL is a longish novel that feels lengthy – but in the best way possible. There’s so much action and observation crammed into these 400+ pages that I never got bored with it.

Gone Girl is ripe for deeper analysis: of the dynamics of interpersonal violence; rape culture; media sensationalism; the recession and erosion of the American middle class; sexism and misogyny; and gender roles and shifting expectations (Amy’s infamous “Cool Girl” rant comes to mind). For example, Amy’s false rape accusations are deeply troubling and play into rape apologist talking points (women lie about rape for their own benefit). Then again, she’s a sociopath! She hides jars of her own vomit inside frozen Brussels sprouts bags, and steals her pregnant neighbor’s urine. None of her actions really translate to an IRL setting. Which is why I (mostly) powered my thinking cap down for this one, and enjoyed it for what it was: crazy, crazy fun.

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Reading Progress

September 17, 2014 – Started Reading
September 18, 2014 – Shelved
September 18, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
September 18, 2014 –
8.0%
September 18, 2014 –
24.0%
September 20, 2014 –
53.0%
September 20, 2014 –
71.0%
September 21, 2014 –
75.0%
September 22, 2014 –
86.0%
September 22, 2014 –
100.0%
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
September 22, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 28, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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