“Jule watched a shit-ton of movies. She knew that women were rarely the centers of such stories. Instead, they were eye candy, arm candy, victims, or love interests. Mostly, they existed to help the great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey.”
I buddy read this one with the awesome Katherine @paperbackdreamer, if you don’t know her, check her blog right now because her reviews are great! Now, I didn’t know much of this book besides the fact that it was by E. Lockhart, who is an author that I like very much. It was Katherine’s suggestion to read this book and I agreed because I adored We Were Liars and I thought Lockhart wouldn’t disappoint me. And while she hadn’t disappointed, I have to say – wow. This book was one hell of a ride that I hadn’t been expecting.
This book will twist your mind and it’s going to be very confusing at times, maybe even frustrating. I adored the style of it, I feel like the way the story was told added so much to it. But I did take a lot of time to get used to it, because I haven’t any books that used it before. (yes, I’m evil and I will be vague about it, so you’re as surprised as I was, when you read the book)
It has compelling and unique characters. It challenges popular tropes, the male (anti)-hero supremacy, what is the role of women in the narratives. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was Jule, the main character, how she builds and rebuilds herself through this novel, she’s not happy with her life as it is, so she gets herself out of this narration and builds an entirely new story for herself. Jule is an anti-hero, she’s someone you feel conflicted about liking, but someone you like nonetheless.
The book is very important to feminism. The writing was absolutely beautiful, but I expected it because in my opinion, Lockhart is crazily talented. I took away a star because the ending felt a bit rushed to me, this book was quite short and it left me feeling unsatisfied. Everything moved too fast and the conclusion wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I felt like some things weren’t as well developed as they should have been, many things happened because of pure coincidences and it took away some of the enjoyment of reading this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I thought the characters were very interesting, the plot was very thrilling and it kept me on the edge, so I can’t really complain because it was a great page-turner.
What are your thoughts on this book? Do you usually enjoy reading thrillers? What are some of your favourites?