Don't go into this book expecting a Narnia or Harry Potter type tale. The author is clearly, even mockingly, using that sort of fantasy as a scaffold to tell a deeper story. He does it well and I found myself hoping for a sequel when the book ended.
For starters how did the main character get convicted when they never found the bodies of the two teenage girls he supposedly killed? Not to mention no one had any idea where these hypothetical murders occurred. I realize that this was set in Germany but I still couldn't get past the lack of evidence that put him away for two years to set up this entire story. Without a body isn't difficult to prove somebody is no longer alive? Let alone that they were murdered.
Beyond that it never got a whole lot better. There were a lot of twists but they never felt clever because it wasn't believable on so many different levels.
Don't let the subject matter scare you off. This is a beautifully written and brutally honest book about relationships. I loved the different points of view and how the author realistically portrayed everyone. The author nicely illustrated the disconnect between parents and teens and the anguish it can bring. More importantly, she did it with characters that really stick with you. Definitely a book I was sorry to see end and haven't been able to get off my mind since I finished it.
I believe the main character (narrator) was supposed to be autistic/ have aspergers but instead of using this to add depth to this character it became a huge distraction from what may have been a good story. All of the character's thoughts centered on sensory issues and fixations- as if people on the autism spectrum have no personality beyond this. It made it a very difficult listen especially when the other narrator was given depth and personality emphasizing the shallowness of the first narrator. Giving a character Aspergers instead of a personality is insulting to the reader and to the autistic community, one does not rule out the other!
I loved this book. The narration was spot on. The author's descriptions were stark- not a spare word. But he still managed to paint such a clear picture of a different world. The main character reminded me of Mattie Ross from "True Grit". Not just her situation but also in her mannerisms. Very good book. I'm sorry it ended so quickly.
Great story- I liked that there was so much more to the characters than what the movie showed.
I love early Chuck Palahniuk but the later stuff seems to be written to shock the reader rather than to make them think.
This is a book you will not be able to stop listening too and not want to end. Wil Wheaton is terrific and the story is hard to beat. Being a child of the eighties just made all the references that much more fun.
was so sorry when the book ended. The characters really stay with you and the narrator was ideal.
Couldn't even finish the book. The writing was so bad it distracted me from the story- which was mediocre maybe. And I couldn't get over that the narrator- who was supposed to be a 21 year old, sounded very matronly (I'd assumed the main character was in her 40's until the author explicitly spelled out that she (the main character) was a hip 21 year old bartender- all so overdone that the main character felt flat.
The narrator was fine- the storyteller is a fourteen year old- she captured that. I enjoyed this book so much I am rereading it in print and passing it on to my daughter to read. I was wary of a western- not a genre I usually go for but the western was so secondary to the strong characters, especially Mattie Ross.
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