Thursday, December 18, 2014

[Review] Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Description

Title: Lies My Girlfriend Told Me
Author: Julie Anne Peters
Pages: 256
Series: //
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Date of Publication: January 1st, 2014
ISBN13: 9780316234979
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you."

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life--secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they'd thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to--but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?



My Thoughts

I was really excited about this one, hearing it praised as a great LGBTQ-book. I read it rather quickly but then, it's pretty short. It feels like Peters very much relied on her lesbian characters to pull the story. And I italicized lesbian because it feels like, while the idea was great and the story could have been really complex, it was somewhat... dumbed down, you could almost say.

Alix is very depressed when she finds out that Swanee had died, which is of course understandable. But they had known each other for six weeks at this point, I didn't understand how they could possibly have become so close in a mere six weeks. But okay, I can accept that. However, mere chapters later when Alix finds out about Swanee's double life... she seems to be kind of over her. I don't know, for me, the grieving process wasn't handled as well as it could have been. Yes, this story is about forgiving and letting go - but a more in depth examination of the characters' feelings (Liana and Joss (Swanee's sister) included) would have been great.

And then... something else I have to mention. The names. Dear God. I kept having to roll my eyes. Alixandra Van Pelt. Swanelle - her parents: Jewell and Asher. Swanee's siblings: Joss and Genjko (?). I don't know, it was so frustrating for me. Please, authors. Don't use obnoxious names like that. Not that Joss is particularly obnoxious, but in combination... please, no.

Rating

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

[Review] Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Description

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 419
Series: //
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Date of Publication: June 5th, 2012
ISBN13: 9780307588364
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?



My Thoughts
Hm, so this book is difficult to review because I want to keep this absolutely spoiler-free. But I'll give it my best!


Gone Girl is about a married couple, Amy and Nick. They're not perfect (something that becomes more apparent as you read on) but they seem relatively average. At least until Amy disappears. Time-wise, this is where Nick is the narrator. We get tidbits of Amy's diary every other chapter, starting from when she first met Nick and ending... well, when she disappeared. And that is about as much as I can say concerning the plot and the way the book is set up.

I did have a slow start with this one, mainly because Part 1 is in itself a little slow since it sets up the story and ultimately puts everything into motion. But after that? Oh boy. Two days, tops. I really read it like it was fresh bread, it was that good. Flynn is an excellent writer. The three points of views are very distinct from each other and I really didn't need the heading stating the name to tell whose POV I was reading.

I found Amy to be a very fascinating character, one who I loved, empathized with, absolutely despised and was fascinated by. Very multi-facetted, indeed. Nick is just a sleezeball, I mean... man. I really didn't like him, at all. The first few chapters maybe, but after that? Don't get me wrong, I know men/characters have their flaws, but GEEZ.

And then... the ending. Which is the main reason that this book doesn't get five stars from me. I'm just so angry and frankly, a little dissatisfied. I want people to get what's coming for them, not... this. Just... not this. Man. I suppose that makes it a good book if it leaves people thinking about it. But being dissatisfied? I don't know.

Rating

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

[Review] The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Description

Title: The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Pages: 208
Series: //
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Date of Publication: June 3rd, 2014
ISBN13: 9781596439092
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.



My Thoughts

The Truth About Alice is - you guessed it - about Alice Franklin and the rumours that are spread about her in the small Texan town of Healy. The book is told from four different points of view. It starts off with Elaine O'Dea first telling the reader about the fateful party. Elaine is pretty much the queen bee of Healy High. Because of some petty thing in eighth grade, she starts spreading more vicious rumours, as well as creating the "slut stall". But as bad as she was, I don't think it gets much worse than Kelsie, who also narrates a few chapters.

Kelsie was Alice's best friend before the rumours. She isn't even present at the party, but when she hears about the rumours, she doesn't back her best friend. She jumps ship, mostly so that she wouldn't lose her place at the popular table. She also makes up a couple more rumours to make things even worse for Alice. So yeah, worst person award right here.

Josh - Brandon's best friend - isn't exactly innocent either. And his chapters were definitely my least favourite. They were still written well, but seeing as all characters are in some way unlikeable, I couldn't relate to Josh at all. I got a weird vibe from him right from the beginning and I still feel something is off.

The last point of view is Kurt. As you've probably seen by now, all characters fit into some type of stereotype. Kurt is the nerd-who-has-a-crush-on-a-(previously)-popular-girl. I think he was kind of cute, if somewhat... hm, obvious considering he's supposed to be a genius? 

But anyhow, I tore right through this one. I couldn't stop reading it. I even read it in class at uni and got reprimanded. Maybe it's because I was bullied (though luckily not as severely as alice) but it's definitely also because the subject matter was handled really well. You should definitely check it out!

Rating

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