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The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke
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Jul 25, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** What a bizarre book. I did read it in around 1 day - couldn't put it down. But in the end I felt like it had been a waste of time. This book is basically about a guy who falls in love and then the girl dumps him and he takes it badly, but the whole time it seems like it's gonna be more - which is why I couldn't put it down. For awhile I thought William was in the midst of a psychotic break - hearing voices, erratic, violent behavior, strange physical manifestations like having to pee 20 times in an hour. But then he just recovers and gets over the girl with no explanation for all that. Then I thought maybe he was figuring out he was gay - nope. I wasn't sympathetic to his character or the girl who was supposedly so fabulous. And so many things didn't hang together - like Sarah grew up in CT, lived in Seattle, then moved to NY, but had never been on a plane? Yet she has a passport ready to go when he invites her to France? And she invites him to visit her preschool classroom and asks him to take a little girl to the bathroom then lie down with her while she falls asleep at naptime? Excuse me? That's a preschool whose days are numbered...
Can't believe they turned this into a movie.
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