Noo I am not talking about Twinkle, relax.
I was asked to be apart of a book tour! Basically a bunch of people read a book and then do a review of it on their blogs. I was asked to do this review because she believed my blog to be a great fit for the book.
Let me start off this review by letting you know my assumption. I assumed because of the title and the little I had heard about the book, that I was asked to be apart of this tour because of Keith's and my adoption journey. The book had a little adoption involvement, although the family that adopted the baby in this book made all their money through the porn industry, they obviously had a more lenient social worker then us! But really the book had little to do with adoption. Which was a little disappointing, but maybe because it was what I was expecting.
I am actually involved in a book club with a few friends. I have mentioned to you my love of books before, but what was so annoying is that you would read this book and have no one to talk to about it! So when a bunch of girl friends started a book club, I was all for it! I got them to give me a few sentences of their opinions on the book before I gave mine, as we all read this one for our November selection.
Carmen: It was highly disturbing, I don't think I would have continued reading it if not for this book club. I don't think I could recommend it to someone else.
Erin: It's a look into the effed up lives of people in a small town. I found myself often saying "What the hell?" I liked how she used unique parallels in the characters lives.
Tina: Didn't dislike it, but don't know if I would recommend it. As soon as I read a review on it saying it was more a psychological thriller it made way more sense and as a psychological thriller it was well written.
In my opinion this book was not that disturbing. I have read some pretty messed up literature in my time, but it is the kind of story I am drawn to. I will admit that the description of sex, the profanity and twists in this book were surprising, but I thought they were well placed and needed elements of this story. (Lets not forget I do have a secret stash of vampire sex novels that I am addicted too, so this was pretty tame in comparison!)
What I really loved about this book was the discussion of feminism throughout it. It really challenged my views on this topic and had me thinking about my own beliefs often. I also thought the author had great insight into marriage. The characters in this book all have pretty messed up lives, that would be hard to compare a normal marriage to, but the idea of how important communication is in a marriage, and how when a couple stops talking things fail apart seemed really relevant to me in this novel. She also is very in tuned with teenagers. Being one once myself (although not like the ones in this book!) and having worked with many similar to the story's characters, I really think she grasped what teenagers go through, and how they think.
The book basically is about the lives of many characters living in a small town. There is a small adoption thread through the novel, but it is not the main topic. It is a hard book to sum up actually. But I found it intriguing and interesting. One reason I love books is because they take you out of your normal life and throw you into the mist of someone elses journey. The journey this book takes you on is defiantly not normal, but I don't want to read about normal lives? That's boring!
I would only be able to recommend this book to you if I knew you, and knew the type of books you are into. If you cannot stand profanity, this is not for you. If the description of sex, the porn industry and other graphic details bother you, then I would stay away. But if you like stories with twists, turns and a true escape from the norm of life, then I would give this one a shot. Its a book you will not forget!
So if you've read it, what did you think? If not what kind of topics or stories turn you away from reading them?
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