There aren’t many things that tick me off quite like feeling foolish. I like to understand WHY things are happening and HOW they happened and if I don’t, well then I’m not a happy camper.
well. this book.
I feel like I’ve been duped. Everyone raved. 5 star review errwhere. All the excitement. Hype. And then a kind soul sent me her ARC and I jumped in immediately, hoping to be brought out of the reading funk I was in..and honestly, maybe my funk impacted my feelings on this book. Maybe The Office impacted my feelings on this book (currently binging, season 4, Jim and Pam are finally engaged). Whatever it was, this wasn’t the book for me.
I felt like every.single.disaster that can befall a human has hit this woman at some point in her life, the worst so happening in the week we follow her hospital stay. It felt incredibly unbelievable, so much so that I couldn’t get out of my own head while reading. I also knew going in that the narrator was an unreliable one (it literally said it on the back of the book) so I was constantly questioning what she said and what it could really mean. Which is not fun if you’re reading a book that has a big fat twist coming up. Needless to say, I was not surprised by the twist because I had been on the lookout for it the entire book. I was just bored. I never felt connected to ANY of the characters, the development was just completely missing. By the end of the book, I was still waiting for some kind of sh*t to hit the fan..and then the book was over and I felt like a total idiot. So many questions. I feel like the author played a huge trick on me and it does not make me happy.
I would consider re-reading this one with a bit more perspective, maybe giving it more attention than I did the first go around, but honestly, I’m so behind in my reading (a 2 week long rut will do that to you, thanks for reminding me I’m currently 4 books behind schedule GOODREADS I DON’T NEED YOUR HARASSMENT) that this one just isn’t worth the time. Eventually I will get over my anger at this novel but trust me when I say, it will not be today.
PS. I know that I’m an outlier here (Goodreads has over 7,000 ratings and a 4 star average) so maybe you’ll love it. You probably will because I’m weird and literally everyone else loves it.
Trigger warning for rape.
Thanks to FlatIron books for providing me with a free copy in exchange for my (brutally) honest review.