Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

October 30, 2014

I am struggling with what to say. Usually, I can do a book blurb (I don't know if I consider this reviews) without really talking about any specifics so I don't ruin it for other readers.

I'm going to try not to. If I do though, I'll add *spoiler alert* into my title.

I think I can do it without any spoilers, but it will be tough to do. Telling the ending of a book is okay if it isn't filled with twists and turns and mountains of CRAZY.

First, a complaint, this book is separated into three parts. To separate them, they are big black pages, with big titled names for the parts. I don't read ahead in books, BUT I did see the name of Part Three by accident, before I made it to Part two. I spoiled it for myself by accident, and was pretty annoyed at the Part Three Divider page that my eyes were drawn to. I had even stopped myself from watching the preview all the way through in case something in the trailer tipped me off.

I don't know if you remember (or read) my review for About the AuthorRight here. But Gone Girl gave me with the same sort of feeling of 'Who am I rooting for?" There were different reasons for disliking the main character in the former book, but still, same response.

Who do you cheer for when everybody appears to be bat-shit crazy? I'll tell you who, Nick's doting mother who is dying from cancer. She has about five scenes in the book, if that. She was my favourite. I actually meant this statement as a joke, but then as I was writing it, I realised I could give examples about why she wins, hands down, for my favourite character. Strong, optimistic, loving... I could probably go on about the good qualities of this tiny character.

There was one thing in the book that got me thinking, and that's that if you take away the freaking crazy out of the story, it actually could be a realistic story about a failing relationship.

People are different at the beginning of the relationship than they are 2-5 years down the road. It's not always a bad thing, but it can make people lazy. This is the story of two people that got lazy in their relationship, and started falling out of love with one another because of it. ALTHOUGH, in this case, I'm guessing if they (one in particular) knew about the others mental state, the whole story would have been a bit different.

Did I enjoy the book? Yes. It was a quick read (which is good because I had a deadline to be done before November 1st). Did I like the end? No. Not at all, but I'm not sure if there was an ending I would have enjoyed. I guess it got one more twist in, and it was something that shocked me a little. I took note of something earlier in the book, and even though I took note, I completely forgot about it by the end. If you've read it, you may know what I'm talking about. I didn't like the last page, but the twist made sense.

My mom is reading it right now (which is strange because I thought I stole her copy). I'm looking forward to hearing what she thought of it.

EDIT/UPDATE AND SPOILER: I just realised something that has been bugging me since I read the book. The main character - His wife was missing. And I get that he had to be written VERY carefully so we would wonder if he was guilty or not (I'm not spoiling anything). But, at some point in his thought process, he should worry that his wife is missing. He should wonder what's up with her when he doesn't know anything. It's weird that he wouldn't. Even when you fall out of love, you still worry about the other person. 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

About the Author by John Colapinto

I can't remember how I found this book. I'm not sure if it came from my parent's house, or if I picked it up at a second hand store. 

I can guarantee I picked it up because of the title. I can't even say if I read the description before I picked it up to read.

My instincts were correct. Goes to show, you can judge a book by both the title and the cover. (Which means I'm going to have to make sure mine are both good when the time comes.)

About the book - I really enjoyed it. I liked going into it having no idea what to expect. I also liked the fact that I really didn't like the main character. He didn't have a lot of qualities that made me appreciate him, and yet, I still wanted to find out how he'd get out of his situation. I guess he made me laugh at times, and that was his redeeming quality. Even when the novel got a little bit ridiculous, the narrator admitted it. He wasn't that funny though. I found him to be a dick for most of the novel. I may have liked the novel more because of this.

I didn't find anything particularly predictable while reading it, which made me happy. 

I also finished reading it while on holiday, and I think any book that keeps my interest while I'm on holidays is a good book. I've taken books on trips before that I hated. (I know holidays aren't for reading, but it's a nice way to relax.)

I would recommend this. However, I don't know which of my friends or family would read it. I'm sure they'd like it once they got into it.

I liked it though. Nice change from what I'm used to reading.

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