Another rambling post since this is reviewed everywhere. I don’t think I’ve seen any that hated it. (Except on goodreads.com.) I read this because it is our October Book Club* Choice. Knowing I would have to buy it, I decided it was perfect as my official inaugural iPad bookread and I must say that the ebook reading experience is awesome. I am very pleased.
However, this novel… This is one of those times that I wonder about how I think about things and how wavering my critical eye is (or is not). Did hype and overexposure have something to do with it?
I give this book 3 slices of pie. Before anyone comments ‘sorry this one didn’t work out for you’, just know that 3 stars means that I liked it just fine, but it won’t be a favorite at the end of the year.
I keep writing and erasing and writing and highlighting and deleting all sorts of analysis attempts but it all comes down is that the book was fine, I found it thankfully not gutwrenchingly horrible but fresh in its presentation. But I didn’t love it.
In fact, I almost gave up on it at one point** when I thought it was going to veer off into disaster and it didn’t quite, so I went ahead and finished it. The ending was good.
I guess what I liked best is that it wasn’t overly sentimental or pushy. I’ll shut up now.
I do want to read Slammerkin someday.
OH wait! I do have one more thing to add. While reading, I assumed (or maybe it WAS in the book – too lazy to check) that the setting was California – but upon finishing and realizing that Donoghue is not American and doh- the book is up for the Booker so that means non-American or ‘other side of the pond’ or something, right? so I thought that WELL-DONE that it really could have been set almost anywhere. Am I assuming right or wrong? Maybe I should do some research. nah…
* My October Book Club meeting is not until 10/21. I usually don’t read them this far in advance.
** When they let him go to the mall?! Are you freakin’ kidding me? Too much.