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As promised, my (very amateur) reviews of the past two books I’ve read!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I write this literally moments after I finished Gone Girl, because I am so furious that I had to get a review out.
The book was both terrible and amazing. I couldn’t put it down, but because I wanted it to be over. Every single new thing that happened drove me more crazy. It’s entirely unbelievable, brilliant, and terrifying all at the same time.
It starts out sort of like a murder mystery. A husband and wife lose their magazine writing jobs in NYC and move to the husband’s small town in Missouri to take care of his dying mother. They start to grow apart, and then the craziness happens. I don’t want to give anything important away, but there are some insane, sociopath, characters and you don’t know who to hate more. One chapter you are siding with one person, the next their enemy. You are confused as to what is going on. What’s real and what’s not. It made it hard to sleep at night.
Do I recommend it? Well, yes. It’s definitely a page turner. It is written from two perspectives – the husband, Nick, and the wife, Amy. It alternates each chapter so you are hearing both sides of the same creepy story. And it kept me interested.
BUT it also made me mad. Especially the ending. Maybe they both got what they deserve.
If nothing else, maybe you’re intrigued enough to check it out and decide on your own. I’ve been fuming about it to my mother (who finished it equally as frustrated) and am curious to see what you think as well!
Wild: From Lost To Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
This one isn’t quite so fresh in my mind, as I finished it about a month ago. It was great, but not as enthralling or exciting as Gone Girl. I didn’t finish it feeling such angst, but that’s probably a good thing!
It’s a true story, which I always like. Cheryl Strayed vividly details her unconventional upbringing, which involved leaving her abusive father, living with almost nothing in rural Minnesota, and turning out to be a brilliant college student. Her relationship with her mother is the most critical, and when her mother dies things start to fall apart. She tries to keep the family together but doesn’t know how. She tries to keep her marriage together, but can’t. She turns to drugs and promiscuity, traveling the country and hanging with shoddy crowds, all while separated from her husband. Of course, this all further complicates her deteriorating life.
After seeing a book on the Pacific Crest Trail in a store, she researches it and decides (naively) that it is exactly what she needs. Time on her own. Hiking this dangerously difficult path from mexico up to canada through California, Washington, and Oregon. But she has no idea what she’s getting herself into.
The book stories her journey. The people she meets. The trials she faces. How she finds herself. But honestly, it wasn’t quite as profound as I had expected. It definitely kept me interested, but I think I was expected something much deeper. Some revelation to occur. This review on the NYTimes is a pretty accurate summary:
“Wild” recounts the months Ms. Strayed spent, during the summer of 1995, when she was 26, hiking alone on thePacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. There were very frightening moments, but nothing particularly extraordinary happened to her…Yet everything happened. The clarity of Ms. Strayed’s prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way…riveting.”
The book was inspiring. The fact that she could live on so little, when so incompetent in the ways of hiking, and in such deadly conditions. She does things I would never dream of doing, and while her experience is so removed from my life, the lessons she learns are ones we can all relate to.
Do I recommend it? Yes. It’s not going to be as “suck you in and stay up until 4 in the morning finishing” as Gone Girl, but it is a great book and worth reading.
So what to read next!? Any recommendations?