Book Review

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My Rating: 2 Stars

This book made we want to swear. Like really, I knew I had some vulgarity in me, but Jesus…

Flynn is a really good writer, I’ll give her that. Her characters are written consistently and they don’t flow into each other becoming one. They’re all fucked in the head, but they’re well written. The story is well written… at least in the beginning.

I enjoyed the first and most of the second part of the book. It had so much potential and I was impressed and awed by Amy’s madness. I mean she was dedicated to her cause man. I enjoyed the mind games (I don’t know what that says about myself, but okay) and watching the characters figure out what’s happening. There was just so much potential!

And then it kind of just ran out of steam. From about 75% into the book, it was like things were being set up for a big finale, and you think that you can’t wait to see how it all ends… then the last 10% it’s like Flynn just got bored.

Don’t get me wrong, I like a good ambiguous ending as much as the next person. Stephen King is amazing at it. But there are ambiguous endings and then there is Gone Girl. I’m 99% sure Flynn just couldn’t figure out how to end the book and just stopped writing. You get to the last page and it feels like she just left out the last chapter. I felt duped.

Like: Oh I don’t know how to end this book, but I’m bored now and couldn’t be bothered, so instead of going back and seeing how I can work this out, I’ll just stop and the stupid fuckers reading will think I’m being artistic.

Another thing that I don’t want to go on about too much is how sexist this book is. I mean, I don’t go around looking for reasons to start fights about gender issues, but Jesus Christ, this book was like a textbook for sexism. Even though it’s obvious that Amy is a psycho bitch (oh hahaha, such a cliche, right) it makes it sound so regular for a woman to accuse a guy of rape if she’s pissed off at him. Rape is not something to be taking lightly man. It’s a serious issue and writing shit like this does not help the issue…

Okay, I’m going to stop now because maybe I’m taking this way too seriously, so here’s my review. This was a fucked up, good to average to bad story that was written really well.

P.S. I watched the movie as well, and I still feel the same. At least you can say that they stuck to the book pretty well, but in this case I would have appreciated a more conclusive ending.

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Book Review

Me Before You

I’m still blubbering from this book, but I’m going to try and give a semi-coherent review…

I loved the writing style of Me Before You, and it had me hooked pretty much from the first page. This is my first [author:Jojo Moyes|281810], and even after everything, I was glad to learn that she’s written a bunch of other books. I can’t wait to read more from her!

I still can’t quite put my finger on what about this story had me so enthralled from the beginning. I didn’t read any reviews before starting, and the only thing I had been told when I started reading was that this is a romance. I don’t know what that person was smoking, but this most definitely was not just a “romance”. Sure there was a slight element of that, but it was really so much more than that!

I loved the interaction between Lou and Will… they seemed like real people instead of fantasy characters. They were so real that I feel like I know them, like I could pick them out in the street and like I could go up to them and strike up a conversation with them. Their story spans over about six months, and the progress of their relationship is so clear and realistic that you can’t help but know where it’s going.

I’m trying to think of more to say, but damn, every time I think back on the story I get all choked up. I started crying at about 85% in and it was pretty much constant since then. I couldn’t help myself, and I even got irritated because I had to keep wiping my eyes in order to actually read the next sentence…

I don’t like writers who shamelessly use any tactic in the book to emotionally blackmail you. But when an author can write a compelling and beautifully real story that creeps under your skin and legitimately tugs on your heart strings… just call me a sucker for punishment, because you bet your ass I’m going back for more.

Note – Apparently there’s been a lot of speculation about what the title means, and although I think everyone has the right to their own interpretation, to me it means that you have to put yourself before anyone else. As in “I love you and I want you to be happy, but I have to put me before you. I have to do what’s best for me and what’s going to make me happy.” Some might see this as being selfish, but you can’t consistently and sustainably make someone else happy if you’re not happy yourself, because at some point you’re going to get miserable and resentful and that happiness you worked for is going to disappear. Putting yourself first and making sure that you’re happy before just doing whatever to please others is the best thing you can do, because it saves a lot of trouble and unnecessary heartache down the line.