I became almost as tired of the Society as the main character did. The reading felt a bit monotonous, the narrator over-enunciated just about everything; it felt rote. But the story itself also felt a bit plodding, so perhaps that wasn't the fault of the narrator.
Girl of Fire and Thorns is a pretty light, easy read/listen. The narrator does a good job of communicating. I'd listen again.
Favorite character -- Cosme. In a book of some rather cringeworthy female stereotypes, she stands out as a strong, centered character of integrity. She's not necessarily dynamic, but she is noteworthy.
The narration is excellent. Inflection and tone are engaging.
I admit I did want to stay in the car longer than necessary to finish the book, which is a rarity for me!
There are some things about this book that are a little eyebrow-raising. The main character's self-worth seems almost entirely wrapped up in her weight, and yet when she finally slims down we're supposed to believe she didn't notice it happening -- ? Someone that attuned to their body and its perceived deficiencies would have noticed such a thing immediately. In addition, I'm a bit appalled that until she loses the weight, she is perceived as "plain and fat." Yet apparently becoming thinner also causes you to magically become beautiful as well.
It's a small thing, and something that doesn't necessarily detract from the larger story; but it rankled a bit, and is the only reason I wouldn't recommend the book to younger girl readers. They're bombarded with that nonsense enough already.
I've already listened to this audiobook twice. It's a wonderfully twisted and hilarious memoir.
It's sort of like Tina Fey's "Bossypants," only with more taxidermy.
I nearly died laughing. It would have been an excellent way to go.
I really can't recommend this book highly enough. I bought the print version as well and read some of the more screwed-up stories to my six-year-old, minus the profanity, in the hopes that he is coming to realize just how damn lucky he really is.
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