The Lovely Bones

January 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm (Reviews, The Whim) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I read this book a few years ago, actually, but with it being so wildly popular again I realized I never wrote a review.

The Lovely Bones is a bit tragic, terrible in its opening rape and murder, hazy with a metaphysical view of heaven, and sad as the family surviving the deceased fourteen year old attempt to function with one less person in the household.  Its beautifully written despite its harsh plot points and terrifying point of view, but reading Alice Sebold’s memoir Lucky will help you understand her approach to the story.  I highly recommend for 14-18 year old girls to read as a warning to pay attention to what’s going on around you and that the wise choices in life are not always polite nor do they quench certain curiosities.
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Gloriously Symmetrical

January 18, 2010 at 12:32 am (Reviews, The Whim) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As beautiful as The Time Traveler’s Wife is, Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry is awful.  Every moment, every line is filled with mystery, sadness, and the terrible selfishness of humanity.  I loved it.

People have described this second novel as disappointing.  I feel as though it was done on purpose.  I cried on page one, knowing that the rest of the book could not be even remotely as beautiful or as happy; and by the end I had been disappointed by every character so often, I merely settled into a sigh of understanding.  Of course it ends this way, of course.  The novel was gloriously backwards, in comparison to Niffenegger’s first book, just as Valentina is a backward version of Julia.

If you read it, I think you’ll understand my meaning.

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If you liked it, I also recommend:

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (although The Lovely Bones is not nearly as fascinating, the writing is most excellent)

The Mercy of Thin Air – Domingue (equally calm and spooky, but add a southern American drawl)

Swan – Frances Mayes (for the characters and her always amazing prose, also set in the American south)

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Light Holiday Reading

December 20, 2009 at 7:47 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Rebel Angels: Part II in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

Delightful, though predictable, Bray’s second novel in her magical realms series was an exciting and fanciful Christmas adventure.  The sequel is much more intriguing than the original piece.  I found myself more drawn in to the lives of the girls of Spence while on their Holiday Vacation than I was with their previous escapades at school.  Over all, well done and I look forward to Part Three in the trilogy.

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