J.K Rowling's prose is wonderful. She has the gifts of creating the clever turn of phrase and weaving a complex, multi-layered story. This book is a far cry from the Harry Potter series, though. My teenage daughter wanted to read it, but I've asked her to wait a few years.
My favorite character had to be Krystal Wheedon, a troubled girl caught up in a cycle of poverty, sex, and drugs who, nevertheless, has the reader rooting for her. Rowling can see through the eyes of teens so brilliantly, and the teens in this book are no exception.
A film of this book would be way to depressing and would never sell in America, but it would probably be critically acclaimed in Europe for its unflinchingly honest look at the seedy side of life.
I loved the story for its grit and emotion, but I was left feeling, despite the surprising ending, that it was tied up a bit too neatly. Specifically, the parallel actions of the teenagers involved in the plot was a bit too coincidental. Overall, however, a good novel.
Only if I borrow from library first
narrator wasted their voice
all of them
sorry i wasted my time
I may have to try again, but I just can't make myself listen to this book, it just can not keep my interest. This comes from a 60 year old woman who devoured all the Harry Potter books! Narrator is great, but the story just dragged so much I moved on to something else.
I wanted it to be good sooooooo bad, but I just didn't enjoy it. I got about 75% through, but I just couldn't hang on through the end. It was just boring...
Although the subject matter is pretty heavy and dark, the writing is extremely well done. Her characterization is awesome, I felt I really knew the characters. Her descriptions and settings are spot on. I can see it perfectly, but I'm not bored by pages of scene setting. She is an amazing writer, and I am not so explaining it is difficult. She does a better job of it with her writing.
How I knew, understood and felt for each character. I cried, I empathised, I became scared as if it were my own child, friend, family member. The faults of each character, the pain they had endured that made them who they were, the selfishness and the innocence of some was horrifying to some extent and beautiful in another. It was a great symbol of a saying I live by, "You never truly know how you will respond in a situation until you are there so don't judge others." This book instantly became one I will read yearly as a reminder to what life gives to some and they take advantage of and what life doesn't give to others but they are beautiful in spite of it.
That when it was over I felt I had lived it. Even writing it now...I tear up over Krystal and Robbie.
His delivery left the characters burned in my memory. I had read the book as well but somehow his voice and performance really gave each of them life that just hung with me.
I am not a big Harry Potter fan, didn't dislike the books, just not a fan, so I was apprehensive about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The narration is excellent. The characters in the book are very engaging. I would have like to empathize a little more with some of the characters. It would have been nice to see some redeeming qualities in all of the characters, instead of just some. However, I did love seeing all of their recognizable flaws---pretty sure there was every deadly sin represented. So often I am disappointed with the endings in books, but I even enjoyed the end of this book.
every single person and every single relationship in the book is pathetic. How can an entire town be this sad and dreary?
Make people more three-dimensional. JKR has the wonderful power to paint a picture with words. Here she used it to paint the entire town in pale grey.
If anyone really feels they need to read the book because of the Author's name, I strongly recommend borrowing it from the library or from some poor sap who already wasted their money.
When I heard that J.K. Rowling was writing another book, I was overjoyed! Being a Harry Potter fan, I was anxious to continue in the fantasy of the wizarding world. Boy, was I taken by surprise! This is definitely a book for adults. I say this because there are such graphic scenes, that are so close to real-life events that could happen, it makes it unnerving. However, the story was entertaining enough to keep me engaged, after I realized this wasn't a fantasy story. Rowling does well at developing characters and their interactions with one another made me want to find out what happens to them all. I recommend this to anyone who understands that this is a separate genre than Harry Potter, but yet still keeps you wanting to listen to more.
Just isn't my kind of story. A story about a whole village that is disfunctual is not something I like to read about. I really never discovered the meaning of the story. I was also quite surprised with how vulgar and crude the story was. Sorry JK. I was a true fan until now.