Monday, March 17, 2014

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides
Jeffery Eugendies

I believe I tried to read this book a year or so ago and didn't get very far. I can't remember why, but I don't understand.  While this book does start off pretty slowly and it's sort of an odd plot, everything else about the book was so good. The thing I liked the most about it was the fact that it was 100% third party perspective. I haven't ready many books like this, but I was really intrigued. 
The plot: If you were obsessed with Josh Hartnett and Kirsten like I was back in the early 2000's, then you've seen this movie...or if you're a Sophia Coppola fan. If you're neither, and you're my age, you probably haven't seen it. Anyway, I'm in the mood to type so I'm just going to go through with the plot.  There is a family of 5 girls, the Lisbon's, Therese, Bonnie, Mary, Lux and Cecelia. Her parents aren't super religious (they go to church on the regular, but it doesn't appear they're the Duggar's or anything), but they don't let the girls date or see boys or wear revealing clothing. This takes place in what I can only assume is the early 70's, I don't believe it ever said, but I might have missed it. The youngest girl, Cecelia, slits her wrists in her bathtub. It doesn't work as a method of suicide, but it does spark the hospital psychiatrist to say that the Lisbon's keep too tight of a leash on their girls, so the parent's decide to let the girls host a very chaperoned party. Cecelia jumps out of the window during the party on to a fence and dies that way. The boy (boys) telling the story are there at the party and witness the whole thing. There is a group of sort of unidentified boys who create the story. It reads a lot like a police report but with a lot more plot. I still have no idea who the narrator was, and I like it that way. The narrator never says who he is, which is interesting to me. 
So anyway, Cecelia dies and everyone goes crazier after a few more episodes. All of the girls end up killing themselves. It's all pretty morbid. I'm not really spoiling it because you find out about all of the suicides fairly early in the book. I checked the book out from the library around 1:30 pm and was finished around 9:00 pm. It's about 250 pages so I enjoyed it very much, however, if I'm being honest, it was a bit hard to begin. T

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Tina Fey

I borrowed this from Marissa who read it and liked it. I liked it too, I guess. I liked most of it. I'm not the biggest Tina Fey fan. Not that I don't like her, I just don't really think much about her... good or bad. The book started out pretty good, but then it sort of fizzled out when she started talking about how amazing Alec Baldwin is. I have no problem with Alec Baldwin, I think he's great, but the book isn't about him and his acting skills. That's what the last 30 pages were about. And about all of the people that she works with currently who are amazing. 
For the first 190 or so pages, I thought that I might start to like Tina Fey. That is until she started talking about her coworkers. I think it was good because she wasn't trying to be overly funny, which I find a lot of female comedians do. It was the right amount of humor. 
I always like to know about how people were when they grew up. Funny stories from when people were in their 20's are my favorite. She had a few of those, I think they could've been a bit funnier, but what can you do. 
Overall, I liked the book. But I generally do enjoy reading a good memoir. 
I'm going to try to read the books that I have at my house because my library fine is probably outrageous and I can't afford it with all of my car issues. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Lowland

The Lowland
Jumpa Lahiri

I had some pretty high hopes for this book, and unfortunately, it fell very short of those expectations. I'm not saying it was a bad book, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I can't pinpoint exactly why I didn't like it, I think the story just became sort of bland towards the middle. It started out very promising, it reminded me of The Kite Runner for obvious reasons. 
The story starts off telling about two brothers who are very close, but also very different. I liked it cause it reminded me of Ashleigh and me when we were younger, except neither of us was rebellious or adventurous, just were close and did everything together. Eventually they grow up and part ways, the younger brother, Udayan meets a girl and gets married. He's killed (sorry to spoil it) and then his older brother, Subhash marries her. Plot twist; the girl is pregnant. So Subhash raises the little girl, Bela, as his own. I wanted to like Subhash, I tried so hard. The boys grew up in Calcutta, by the way. Subhash got scholarships and moved to the US while his brother was back in Calcutta being a part of the Communist revolution. They move to Rhode Island and live a cute little life until the mom gets bored and leaves. She moves to California without telling her family. I can't stand this woman. Pretty much disliked everything about her. I can't say why, probably because she went against the norms, but not in a positive way. She wasn't a great person and she's a coward. Maybe you're not supposed to like her, I'm not sure. Anyway, the latter half of the book is basically the three remaining characters going about their business. Nothing too exciting happens. I'm not sure what was so great about this book, but I guess it must've been really good since it won the Pulitzer Prize. It didn't take too long to read, so I'm not complaining. I did, however, wait like three weeks to return it to the library so my fine is probably super high. So much for being lazy.