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Loathed Titles > The Almost Moon or I almost wanted to shoot myself.

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message 1: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) This book was chosen for my book club. The reviews seem to be the same all around, Alice Sebold's previous book was good/great/OK. Then there is this book. There are some who thought that what Helen did was morally wrong and some thought the ending was incomplete leaving no closure.

That act of smothering her mother didn't bother me. The need to prepare her mother's appearance before the paramedics arrived was really shallow. I'm not expecting her to not be shallow. Actually, I don't know what I was expecting but I just did not like this book. I didn't even like listening to it either.

This book has gotten mixed reviews and really bad ones at that. I would like to know what other people thought and their perspectives.

message 2: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I'm with you on this one. I read it, because I figured it couldn't possibly be as bad as people were saying...and I absolutely love Sebold's writing normally. No, it was as horrible as everyone was saying, and just made me feel like I wasted a couple of really good hours on a really bad book.

I gave a full, ranty review on it, but in short I felt that there was nothing redeeming about it. there's nothing sympathetic with Helen, except maybe maybe for the fact that she was raised by two mentally ill parents... But, honestly, I hated her, and it's rare that I actually hate a character. I wanted to see her clapped up in irons and carted off to a mental institute.

The various descriptive passages after she killed her mother could be pretty disgusting, for me. I'm fine with gross description, but I couldn't help but feeling Alice Sebold was using her power for BAD, rather than good. My husband had to listen to various incidents of "Noooo, how could you?!" while I was reading it.

message 3: by Danine (new)

Danine (dulcemea) Yes! I thought about the mentally ill aspect too. Her parents were mentally ill and now Helen is mentally ill and she has two daughters who may grow up to be mentally ill too! Thanks for your review! I feel justified if there is really a way to be justified about a book :)

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