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The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
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bookshelves: around-the-world, location-nigeria, own, read2016, speed-date
Read from January 31 to February 13, 2016

My final feelings about this book couldn't be any farther from where they started. I selected this book as one of the latest piles for a speed-dating project, and after 50 pages I wanted to put everything else aside and immerse in the story. The writing of the young girl Jessamy and her mysterious friend grabbed me - it felt new, different, fresh.

Somehow along the way it grew tiresome. I think perhaps the idea made a better short story and it just seemed stretched out, the ending was not very satisfying, and it could have been handled better. Still a promising debut from an author I continue to hear great things about, and I'm looking forward to reading her more recent works. She was only 18 years old when this was published!
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01/23/2016 marked as: speed-dating
01/31/2016 marked as: currently-reading
01/31/2016 page 75
21.0% "Started this for a speed-dating project and couldn't wait to get back to it! http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2016/..."
02/12/2016 page 200
56.0% "Slow going because I read before bed and usually the book falls to the floor before I finish a chapter. #lifewithdogs"
02/13/2016 marked as: read

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message 1: by poingu (new)

poingu I feel that way with so many debut novels--extremely excited and then something falls flat in the middle. Most recently with Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore...what a great, ruthless beginning but no follow through


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