Rarely do I hate a book, but I hated this book.
I got nothing out of it except that I wish I never came across it.
First, it was not what I expected from the description.
I decided upon the book thinking it would be about a girl/boy affair.
However, it is mostly about a girl/girl affair not a girl/boy which is fine if that interests you,
but it's not what interests me.
BIG part of why I hated it also (SPOILER) was there were no grounds for why Regina
all the sudden was struck by Martha. And also never went into why she was so taken with her
other than their times in bed.
The ending just sealed it as an awful book.
Hated the part where they meet 14 years later, but I guess being the kind of people they are
it wasn't surprising.
Furthermore, it didn't make sense. I find it very hard to believe in such relationships.
For example, how Dutra could find no one else in his life after so many years. Just a little ridiculous.
Lastly, it was disjointed in the way that the bits of philosophical musings did not pair up well with the story.
That is to say that they stood better alone because they were not illuminated by the story.
The reader's voice of Regina is a bit annoying, took me a while to get used to.
However, the reader did a great performance in finding a distinguishing voice for all the characters.
I liked most of the book. I like the back and forth storytelling that slowly reveals how Jake
got to where she is. It was a bit more disturbing than I had anticipated but then as her story unfolds you understand why. The other characters, however, seemed to be barely developed. Although that might be a part of her lifestyle, it still left you wondering what happened to other characters. The end was jarring and made me guffaw slightly. It is another book that has fallen victim to the fine line of how to end a book inconclusively yet satisfactory. However, I still enjoyed this book more than most other typical fluff out there.
such a brave memoir. Even though it seems that as an actor he is probably used to opening up, I still think it is brave of him to share such a deeply personal and touching story. And consequently helping other people like me who read these types of stories as a form of self therapy. As previously stated by another reviewer, the memoir is especially for people who also had traumatic childhoods. Relating to others experiences helps to process our own in the intricate complexities of abusive parental/familial relationships.
It is a short account of just one aspect of Cummings life, but it is powerful, eloquent, poignant, and inspiring.
I wanted to like it but it just wasn't very funny to me.
Somewhat amusing, but not anything that really stood out as hilarious.
I could have done without even listening to it.
Those of the UK audience may relate to it more?
I read about the reviews saying the young Miranda voice was annoying and decided to still give it a try and then also thought it became annoying.
I really like Aisha Tyler. I love her stand up and her podcast.
However, I didn't find her book that funny for some reason.
It just wasn't poignant enough in book form. It just felt too much like musings on a blog.
Despite this I would still recommend her book because it was enjoyable.
A better ending.
I don't necessarily need an entirely conclusive ending for all books. Some of my favorite books don't have a complete conclusion and leave you thinking.
But this...I feel like it's such a trend now--to just end a book suddenly.
It makes it feel completely pointless. I don't know if it's thought to be the "new" thing now although it's not new, it's been done for a very long time now. But I feel like I am coming across too many that try to make a statement or something--which is exactly it, that I don't know what the author is even trying to do because it feels pointless.
It's a very fine line to know how to end to "keep the reader thinking and/or making their own conclusion" and making the reader feel cheated (as another reviewer has noted).
That is exactly how I felt--cheated and duped.
After all the hours spent with the book and then...the end made it feel like a big waste of time.
Even though I loved most of the book and the experience. It was really hard to tear myself away from it because you kept wanting to know what happens and then the end leaves you at a cliff hanger and frustrated.
Not sure yet. I wish I could find another new book as good as Mountains of the Moon.
Awesome performance. They did really well at nuances.
The end. Of course. It was annoying.
The problem for me was not that it was too dark. I like books about really messed up people.
I really liked these characters. Especially since I know these kind of people. Not to the absolute extreme like Amy, but still eerily manipulative, controlling, and wickedly smart.
So I like reading books like this because it is cathartic. Therefore, I can see that Flynn is masterful at portraying psychologically sick people. And yet, I would rather have not read the book because it just felt pointless.
Unless there is a sequel. That didn't end like this book. Then I would read it.
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