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Elli (The Bibliophile) (thebibliophilebooks) | 53 comments In this discussion board we will discuss part one of Boy, Snow, Bird (page 3-144.)

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Let us know your expectations of the novel, and how you are liking it so far!


Lynecia (luvnecia) I have thoughts!
Up until page 100, I really thought that the writing style was hard to follow in some places and the logic and motivations of some of the characters didn't make sense to me. (view spoiler)


Elli (The Bibliophile) (thebibliophilebooks) | 53 comments I also had some trouble with the style at first! I find it was a bit disconnected.


Elli (The Bibliophile) (thebibliophilebooks) | 53 comments But I grew to like the style, even though the characters confused me quite a bit. It kind of felt like a fairy tale, at least the tone (it was slightly mysterious...)


Lynecia (luvnecia) I just finished part one and it's taken a much better turn!


Elli (The Bibliophile) (thebibliophilebooks) | 53 comments I'm curious to see what you think of part 2!


Lynecia (luvnecia) I can't wait to see what the mysterious sister, Clara is like.


Adira (introvertinterrupted) | 391 comments Mod
I thought the exact opposite of Part 1, I felt like this section was more clear in plot and tone than the other sections. Boy seems a bit too vapid and wishy washy to me to make a real good protagonists. I'm interested to see what you all think of Part 2.

Questiion: Have you found any connection to Boy and the Evil Queen in Snow White? (view spoiler)


Adira (introvertinterrupted) | 391 comments Mod
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Lynecia (luvnecia) Adira wrote: "I thought the exact opposite of Part 1, I felt like this section was more clear in plot and tone than the other sections. Boy seems a bit too vapid and wishy washy to me to make a real good protago..."

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Elli (The Bibliophile) (thebibliophilebooks) | 53 comments The part with the mirrors kind of confused me, to be honest...


Lynecia (luvnecia) Elli (The Bibliophile) wrote: "The part with the mirrors kind of confused me, to be honest..."

Same here! :/


Nicole (nicolepo) I'm on page 80 right now. I quite like the first part. The writing flows very well, and I'm generally interested in how characters who are normally portrayed as "evil" develope.

I thought the mirrors were a foreshadowing technique. I assumed it would play a larger part later in the book and would be a theme carried through the narrative. You know the whole "Mirror, mirror on the wall who's the fairest of them all bit." Based on where I am in the book it's already clear that Boy is jealous of Julia and Snow's beauty.

I find the issues of beauty and body image which have already been brought up interesting. (view spoiler)


Lynecia (luvnecia) Nicole wrote: "I'm on page 80 right now. I quite like the first part. The writing flows very well, and I'm generally interested in how characters who are normally portrayed as "evil" develope.

I thought the mirr..."


I thought the same of her as a narrator!
Maybe I wasn't paying that much attention but is it said that Boy was beautiful? or did it say she was pretty plain-looking. I know there was a part int he beginning that said she could be described as having "sharp features"?


Nicole (nicolepo) Lynecia wrote: "Nicole wrote: "I'm on page 80 right now. I quite like the first part. The writing flows very well, and I'm generally interested in how characters who are normally portrayed as "evil" develope.

I t..."


Boy never says she's beautiful directly, but I surmised that she is. Based on (view spoiler)

For the most part, I felt Boy's direct descriptions of herself were based on insecurity and/or trying to appear modest. Until the last bit I read (view spoiler)

It might be worth while to check out the original Grimm fairy tale. It's been a long time since I read it, but I remember it being all about beauty and jealousy. And the description of Snow and her age in the book match up with the fairy tale.


Lynecia (luvnecia) Nicole wrote: "Lynecia wrote: "Nicole wrote: "I'm on page 80 right now. I quite like the first part. The writing flows very well, and I'm generally interested in how characters who are normally portrayed as "evil..."

Ah yes! (this is why I love reading books with others! I didn't pick up on that!) you're totally right. She downplayed her looks (view spoiler)


Beverly While I read this book a little while ago. I remember I was okay with Part One of the book. But once I finished the book this was my favorite part of the three parts.

Also the book blurbs had mentioned it was a retelling of Snow White but for me I found that it was more about using elements/techniques used in Snow White to tell this story.

Yes, we will learn definitely learn more about the mirrors in later parts of the book.

But mirrors give us a reflection of who were are and sometimes we look to mirrors to reaffirm who we are and at times we avoid mirrors because we do not like who we are or do not want to see what is in the mirror.

So as happened in the fairytale - Mirror Mirror on the wall, etc - it was the reply that was important as the same question gets asked each time.


Adira (introvertinterrupted) | 391 comments Mod
I never connected the fact of Boy being jealous of Snow and Julia to their beauty. I think this is because I always saw this character as being described as beautiful too since like Nicole points out, she gets treated as such and always hints that she believes that she is.

For me, I thought the dislike of Julia came from her still having a presence in the Whitman's house/lives. In terms of Boy's hatred of Snow, (view spoiler) Overall, I do agree with the group that Boy seems like a two-sided character that isn't to be trusted yet, (view spoiler) I'm excited for everyone to get to part 3 so we can discuss the action there.

**********Minor spoilers from part 3.**************


message 19: by Nicole (last edited Aug 06, 2014 10:05AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Nicole (nicolepo) I finished off the first part yesterday. A few general thoughts, I'm a little suprised at how those of you who have already finished have rated this book kind of low. I quite like it so far, it makes the remaining 2/3 of the book a bit ominous. Boy is super oblivious, and it makes me wonder what she's not telling us. I'm curious about how the plots which involve the Rat Catcher and Charlie will be resolved. The Rat Catcher gets mentioned an awful lot for a character who isn't even in the same place.

Speculation: I figure Charlie will turn out to be (view spoiler)

That said, Oyeyemi is developing an awful lot of plots for such a short book. I suspect one of them will end up getting short changed.

A couple of thoughts on the last chapter in response to Adira: (view spoiler)


Adira (introvertinterrupted) | 391 comments Mod
Nicole wrote: "I finished off the first part yesterday. A few general thoughts, I'm a little suprised at how those of you who have already finished have rated this book kind of low. I quite like it so far, it mak..."

Agreed! Boy doesn't seem like a character who acts malicious based on her views of race, she just seems to be an opportunists. (view spoiler)


Lynecia (luvnecia) I agree with you guys, RE: Boy not being malicious. It also seemed (view spoiler)


message 22: by Elli (The Bibliophile) (last edited Aug 06, 2014 04:01PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Elli (The Bibliophile) (thebibliophilebooks) | 53 comments What I found was kind of confusing when I found out this was a retelling of Snow White is that, like others have said, Boy doesnt seem malicious. I found the relationship between Snow and Boy overall quite underdeveloped. Or, at least, I wanted more.


message 23: by Adira (last edited Aug 06, 2014 08:03PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Adira (introvertinterrupted) | 391 comments Mod
The relationship had so much promise during the second portion when Snow wanted Boy to rescue her from the "monsters" and her dad sent her back to bed. Then, it took a nosedive and grounded to a halt. (view spoiler)


Lynecia (luvnecia) Instead of being a title character, Snow seemed like a side character in the drama. It was almost like she had no inner life at all - we only just knew what Boy said about her. She was so under used and under developed. :/


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