I gave you a review for Gone Girl, and now I’m coming to you with another review! *Drum Roll* SHARP OBJECTS.
If you haven’t read any of Gillian Flynn’s novel, the movie that just came out this october Gone Girl was previously a book by Flynn. About a year or two ago this book became a best selling physiological thriller. This is my favorite genre, I love thrillers. I have this edgy thing with horror, which is that I enjoy horror but I can’t sleep at night because I get nightmare, so thrillers are the next best thing. Gillian Flynn is the new girl in town, she even amazes the horror/thriller king himself, Stephen King (Got the pun? Ha). Since I already read her best seller I decided to start off with the first book she published, before Gone Girl, before she was really known, back when my girl Flynn was in the underground, Sharp Objects. I honestly don’t know why this book didn’t get any sort of fame before Gone Girl, but it could be that all you guys are just romantic lunatics, who felt attracted at once to the Gone Girl chaos, I know I did. But I actually really enjoyed Sharp Objects, and I would say I liked it a bit more then Gone Girl, maybe because I found myself being reflected in Camille. Well, Lets get on to the review!
Sharp Objects is the story of Camille, she’s a crime journalist. She gets the main story on crime, and she writes about it for a Chicago newspaper. Her Newspaper needs a little help, they are not getting enough readers, and no one knows about it. So her Editor decides to send Camille back to her hometown of Wind Gap to investigate the murder one girl and the disappearance of another. To Camille this means facing the house she nearly dreads, reminding her of the childhood she loathed, and the reason for the number of words on her skin. Camille as we get to know is a cutter, a very active cutter who doesn’t just cut but she engraves words into her flesh, her whole body is filled with them. Although she hates the idea, her editor has always been a good friend to her and she knows how badly he needs this so she accepts to cover the story.
Once she gets into town Camille feels it all coming back to her, and we first start to realize her town is quite boring, lonely, and old. It keeps to itself, and everyone is blind to the outside world. Once she gets their we learn about the two girls named Natalie and Ann. We know that Natalie has been kidnapped and Ann’s death occurred 9 months prior to Natalie’s disappearance. The town is out looking for Natalie, the police is investigating, and to help the police is Richard Willis from Kansas City. Camille gets to work the moment she gets to Wind Gap, but before this we meet her family as well. Camille’s family is strange, actually their pass strange they are fucken bizarre, and I didn’t really get to understand it until the end because to me they seem quite normal just a lot of misunderstanding between them. There is Adora her mother, her half sister Amma, and her step-father I think his name was Alan, but he’s not important in the story he’s practically Adora’s dog, he does anything Adora wants, he doesn’t really speak, and depends on her.
Adora’s character had two sides throughout the story, she either cared to much about Camille or she hated the shit out of her own daughter. She starts off as a caring mother allowing Camille to stay, we don’t really see anything wrong with her other then Camille saying she never liked her mother, but we don’t really understand until Adora begins to develop such anger towards Camille, and at first I thought she was blaming the death of Camille’s sister Marian who died when Camille was only thirteen, saying Camille didn’t cry enough, didn’t show enough emotion. Then towards the end Adora totally snaps, saying that Camille reminds her of her own mother. I didn’t like Adora’s character she reminded me of my father in a way, giving her opinion and not caring about what she’s saying or who she hurts, always wanting to be right and acting like the victim when she gets upset, spoiled I tell you. I thought it was normal, but then she takes it to far. *if you’ve already read the book you are allowed to read more about Adora below*
Amma’s is a bitch, she is by far the character I hated the most. I eventually started to ease up with her towards the end but them BAM she goes and she does the Amma thing again where you just want her to get a good spanking. She is spoiled, rude, out of control, and mean. Mean girls looks nice next to this little blonde bitch. I hated her character so much but at the same time I love how much detail Flynn put into her, how we learned Amma inside and out, from her drug addictions, to her being the queen bee of her whole school, to her depression, the mean way she treats her friends and camille, how she basically plays mind games with people. I hated her 13 year old guts though, and towards the end I wanted to understand her but it was just to much.
These are the 3 main characters, along with some other major characters such as Natalie’s brother, the detective, Amma’s friends, the Policeman in charge, but I won’t get into their details. I did notice that this books is very graphic, this town has some mental problems as a whole, it’s so close minded you can’t fucken breath while you’re reading the novel. Theirs Camille’s cutting, her friends are bitches, their like 30 year old woman who feel superior then everyone else so they bring everyone down if they aren’t part of their social status. Lucky for Camille, she was the most popular being the daughter of Adora another Amma in her own time. Then you start realizing this town loves to have sex, a lot of sex. They don’t describe it, they just tell you. Camille tells you how much of a slut she was, sleeping around with every boy. At 13 I believe she had already lost her virginity to a random guy in the football team, by the next week 4 guys were running on her, same with her friends. That’s not all their is, it’s as if all these girls did was have sex when they were young, and time had not changed anything because it was the same with Amma. It also seems like everyone here did drugs and drank until they couldn’t stay still, everyone was drunk. This town scares the shit out of me, and I loved the many detail that Flynn put into this novel. It’s a 5 star read, this thriller is sure to keep you on your toes.
As for the two girls who died, they were outcast, when Amma takes them in they begin to get closer to her, they begin to get to know Adora and this makes Amma jealous causing her to kill them. Adora however has been trying to kill her daughters all along giving them pills and stuff just so she can take care of them, it’s called münchausen syndrome by proxy meaning that the health problems are being caused by the care giver to to those who are in their care, it’s a form of child abuse. This is why Marian dies, because she allowed Adora to care for her and keep sicken her. This bitch is fucken crazy, because she continued to do this to Amma and since Camille didn’t allow her she gave up on her, she decided that if Camille didn’t want her care she didn’t deserve her love either. These bitches are crazy!!
Camille, I liked her. I thought she was sweet, she was misunderstood, she was different. But part of me was disappointed at times because of how much self confidence she lacked, ow much sexual tension went on in her. Like you don’t need the drugs, the guys, the vodka, you’re a chicago writer for gods sake, stop. I understand you have problems, but you’re a whole lot better then this shitty ass town. I just wanted someone to help her out here, which I understood why she hated being there so much. I somewhat really wished she would’ve stayed with Natalies brother, but he’s like 18 so that would have been a bit weird, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Anything can happen in a Flynn book :).
Before I continue to give you book recommendations, I want to tell you a few things. I deleted the last post with my 3 poetry suggestions because I feel like when I write I haven’t put enough effort into what I’m writing and that’s why I want to start fresh. I love reading, it’s my far the longest passion I’ve had for something, along with science and writing, so I want to give you guys the best review possible, I want you guys to read my review and be convinced that this is either the best or worse book I’ve ever read, so I will be rewriting some reviews, I will be writing a number of reviews as well. The years about to end and I want to read a lot of books, I want to read so many books and write about all of them. Because this is what I love to do, I love to grab a book, enjoy the shit out of it, and then come and tell you guys all the details and spoilers and reasons you should be reading it as well. I love every genre, every character, every form of writing, I passionately fell in love with words before I fell in love with boys. I’m debating whether I should do a booktube, or videos for you guys but I suck with a video camera so when I get working on that.
Due to the two mental disorders I’m constantly having, Anxiety and Depression have been hell. They’ve been something I don’t ever wish upon anyone, because even one deserve to feel as if their living safely, not holding onto each day like it’s their last because you feel a sense of panic or insecurity. I don’t know any of you, chances are that one of you also suffer from a mental disorder and I want you to know, from a person who’s been down that road since she was ten years old you aren’t alone. When everyone tries to tell you to just be happy and let it go, I know it isn’t as simple as they make it sound. You are a warrior, you live each day battling something you never asked for or enlisted for. You carry yourself through this, and if you’re alive right now I know you are doing one heck of a good job standing on your feet. If they all call you weak, screw em. You’re not weak, you’re the strongest person I know because unlike them you’re facing demons everyday, you’re facing a number of symptoms you can’t even describe, you’re facing seconds away from feelings like you are dying, it’s not all in your head when you’re living it.
Keep being strong, keep holding on and don’t give up. God gives a battle to his strongest soldiers, and their must be a reason he chose you, because he saw potential. I’m in that group too, I’m battling two disorders that drive me insane and sometimes they win more then I do, sometimes I find myself laying in bed hopeless but it’s good to know that I’m not alone. That even if my family and friend don’t understand what I’m going through, someone is out there and know exactly what it’s like. I want to be that person for you, don’t worry you aren’t alone. The feeling of dying, yeah I get that too. I feel the rapid heart beats, the feeling of your throat closing up and you can’t swallow, the feeling of fainting and feeling like you’re going crazy, the lump in throat, the shivers, the teeth cluttering, the numbness in each part of your body, the hypoventilation. I know what it is, and all the other symptoms that come along after you’ve already got use to the other ones. I know what it’s like to feel like you want to sleep or day, or sometimes not sleep at all. How sometimes life seems to bland for me, I’m wondering why I am existing.
You are alive, and the beauty of it is that you are the light in something so dark as what you carry inside of you. Turn the light on and never loose hope because I know you will overcome it. It’s not easy, and it won’t be. But I know you’re beautiful, I know know you’re bold, and I know you’ll work it out because you’ve been doing it all along.
Imagine America years from now becoming another country ruled by kings and queens, and one lucky girl out of 35 will be chosen to become to princess of Illea if the prince chooses her as a future wife. Sounds like the dream of a lifetime, but it sure isn’t for America Singer who’s casted as a number 5 because her family are all suppose to be artist. She is 3 away from the lowest of social statuses, that is until she is one of the chosen to compete in the selection.
I picked this book up at the airport, on my flight from Mexico City to New York and I was glued to it and I finished it just before I landed. The book starts out with American Singer receiving the letter to join “The Selection.” Her mother and sister are in awe, this might just be the chance for them never to go hungry again. It’s simple, all America Singer has to do is make the prince fall in love with her, and her family has a life time of riches. Her father is more lean towards his daughters happiness, and her brother hasn’t decided what he wants to be, but he sure doesn’t want to be an artist.
It would all be great if America wasn’t in love with Aspen. Aspen is in a caste beneath her, they are the servants of the 3’s, 2’s and 1’s, and his family is big that they barley have enough to eat. I liked Aspen when we first meet him in the tree house, he seems like a sincere guy who really cares about his family. However Aspen doesn’t like that America likes to give him food, and he can’t offer her anything more then the lifestyle of a 6, which to him is embarrassing because he’s the man in the relationship. Aspen tells America she should join the selection, they break up, and America is chosen as one of the 35 selected. Honestly this book was better then I expected, America is like any other typical YA female protagonist, she can’t choose between Aspen her first love, or Prince Maxon the prince who isn’t your average snobby prince.
IF YOU HAVEN”T READ THE BOOK, I SUGGEST YOU DON’T READ ON, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!
America Singer, she’s a poor girl living in a country now called Illea that seems to be going through a political crisis where the northern and southern rebels don’t seem to like Illea and are constantly attacking it. She’s in love with Aspen her first love, however she knows no one will approve of it because he is a lot poorer.
I could tolerate America because of how kind she was, I liked that she doesn’t see the difference in peoples caste, and she’s friendly even though she’s shy. I like that even though she lives in a totally different time, she’s still insecure and as a young girl you can compare a lot to her character. What I don’t like is her typical ” I can’t choose what guy I love, and know I’m suffocating so I’m constantly going to walk in the garden” situation. Like baby, you got two good men, but honest we know Prince Maxon has your heart! How can he not?
Aspens character I adored, he was sweet and he cared for America. However I hated how he thought badly about himself, and how if he wanted to keep America he shouldn’t have broken up with her in the first place. I understand he wanted whats best for her, but when it comes to love you don’t just push her into another mans arms, that’s a no-no. I sort of knew Aspen would return into America’s life, but I didn’t think his presence in the castle would bother me.
Prince Maxon, I think the last fictional character i fell in love with was with Edward Cullen? But he’s not your typical Prince. He’s very sweet and proper, he’s smart, and he’s not very sure of himself when it comes to girls and rebel attacks. During his “relationship” with America I thought he was funny, adorable, and the best thing is he was always her friend before anything else.
The romance of this book is flawless, and I’m look forward to reading the second part of the series. It’s so elegant and I just want to own America’s whole wardrobe!
I would like to do movie reviews, it’s like a book review but for motion pictures, and I know that most of you should watch movies, good movies. I like to write reviews I notice, I also review on goodreads, and yelp, and now here. I spend my time critizing places, and objects like it’s my job.
When Harry Met Sally, I heard about this movie because I’m from New York. The popular Katz diner scene, is in the famous Katz Delicatessen. The story is about Harry and Sally and how they both leave Chicago after graduating from their university and head to New York together. During the car ride to New York Harry and Sally hit it off to a very awkward start when Harry compliments Sally and Sally takes it as if Harry’s hitting on her, then she says to him that she wants to be friends which Harry’s response too as “A guy can’t be friends with a girl he finds attractive because they will remotely want to have sex.” This is where it leaves off until 5 years later that they meet again.
During the second meeting Harry is about to get married, and Sally started dating a guy as well. However 5 more years later on their third encounter they have been left and heartbroken by the same people, which brings them together into an unexpected friendship where they are able to talk their feelings out and feel comfortable with each other. The famous Katz Deli scene really explains how easy and open Harry and Sally have become with each other. Of course like all stories you start to see feelings develop between the to characters.
This is a very easy movie, it’s simple. You get the idea that Harry and Sally are meant to be together, and you see the process of their friendship to lovers clearly. It’s a movie where the characters talk a lot, and theirs not much action, just simple dialect of two lovely people and their friends who don’t really play a major role but they are there. When Harry Met Sally is a good movie for those who love romantic comedies, or just want to watch a movie with your other half. I think I expected a little more from this flick then what i was given, but I wasn’t disappointed.
I grew up in a library, most of my friends would consider this a horrible way to spend my early childhood when I could’ve been outside playing in the playground, but the truth is my mom took me to the library because that was where I wanted to be. I went to the playground too, but it wasn’t as fun as reading a number of different books on the shelves and taking some home. So i’ll be writing a list of books for the early readers that I’ve been collecting for my future children. These books I’ve reread them now that i’m older (yes I still read kid books at the age of twenty) and I feel their appropriate and fun to read.
1. The Story of Ferdinand By Munro Leaf
This is a classic on my book shelf and my favorite children’s book because it tells the story of a young bull name Ferdinand who since being a little calve use to sit and smell flowers why other little calves played and butted their heads, he preferred to sit beneath his favorite tree. Once he grows older the festival is looking for the perfect bull to fight in the bull rings, the toughest and angriest of them all for the matador and due to an incident Ferdinand is picked. Ferdinand’s character is gentle and calm, but being a bull he’s also big and strong, you come to love Ferdinand. This book is perfect for the parent who wants to teach his kid (especially boys) that being kind doesn’t make you a weaker gender. Whoever said men should be fighting bulls, showing off to their buddies was a perfect man doesn’t know what a man should be, because we should even admire those who like Ferdinand prefer to sit down under a tree and smell the flowers.
Recommend: The the young boys trying to to fit in, and not knowing that being different is okay as well.
Shel Silverstein writes the funniest poems, but the Giving Tree isn’t a poem of his, but a story of a tree and a boy. Before writing this review The story is about a tree who becomes friends with a boy when he is young, the boy swings on her branches and spends the day with her till he grows older. I love the devotion the tree had to see the boy happy even if it meant sacrificing her fruits she carried, and her own self. This book is a heart warming book, and it’s really up to the reader to find the moral in story.
Recommended: The child that needs to learn appreciation and it’s a heart warming book to read aloud to the family.
3. Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
This book is the story of a the class in room 207 and their teacher Miss Nelson. Miss Nelson is kind teacher who does not have much control over her misbehaving students. She comes up with a plan to teach the class a lesson and she returns the next day as another person Ms. Viola Swamp. Ms. Viola Swamp was a mean and strict teacher, and the children are scared of her, they can’t imagine having her as a teacher and are desperate to get Miss. Nelson back, wishing they never took advantage of Miss Nelson kindness.
Recommended: For the kids who misbehaves in class and it’s just a fun read for the classroom and family too.
It’s a first read for those political parents who want their children to understand the ways of law early. I adore Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type because it tells the story of the workers union going against the big men in the business. The cows are demanding electric blankets from farmer Brown, and if they get no blankets they refuse to give milk. The hens join in and also demand electric blankets and if they don’t get any they will give no eggs. At the end the farmer and the cows agree that they will trade in their typewriter for electric blankets, and they send this all with the duck who’s in the neutral party. The duck however keeps the type writer and gives his own set of complaints to farmer Brown.
Recommended: To the kids who will become future law students or politicians.
5. The Very Crank Bear by Nick Bland
The book tells the story of 4 friends who are looking for a place to play (Lion, Sheep, Moose, and Zebra) when they decide to play in the cave of a very cranky bear. Lion, Moose and Zebra try to make the bear uncranky by adding some features that they believe make them very happy to have, while the sheep just stands and watches. In the end the most unexpected character saves the day.
Recommended: For a fun read aloud or those who want to teach their kids the meaning of friendship.
Hope you guys like these 5 selection, their should be more up soon for those in need of children books!
What do you do when you’re wife disappears and all the evidence makes you the prime suspect?
*This review will contain spoilers and cussing towards the end, so I suggest you stop by the warning*
I picked up Gone Girl because it didn’t take long before this book soared up as a best seller, I swear everybody on goodreads was reading this and their mothers. A phycological thriller focusing around a 5 year marriage between Nick and Amy Dunne, written by Gillian Flynn. The summary of the book sounded gripping, Amy disappears during the 5th anniversary of her marriage, and all the evidence points to Nick, her husband who is the owner of “The Bar” a family owned business and who’s marriage is secretly falling apart.
Amy Dunne, you are badass. You’re a bit of a crazy bitch, but you are one badass woman, I couldn’t decide wether I liked Amy’s character or she disgusted me. Nick Dunne, I loathed you because you were a terrible husband, but I felt bad for you. But lets just talk about the toxic relationship between Amy and Nick and how this romanced flourished, and then was left as a murder scene. Amy and Nick meet at a writers party, Amy writes girl quizzes for a magazine, and Nick is a writers who’s loosing his job to the modern use of technology so he is laid off. This is the reason why writers can’t date, I always said this, Writers can’t click because they’re mentally self absorbed, and when you and your partner are both individually egoistic it suffocates the possibilities of a stable relationship, because you will never understand each other.
Amy lived her whole life being the center of attention, her parents have made a fortune out of their best seller Amy Series, about a fictional girl who was inspired by Amy herself, however the Amy in the books does correct choices, the Amy in real life hates being her the idea investing into her parents wallets. Amy has lived a lavishing life style in New York City, and Nick has lived a suburban middle class life style in Missouri before moving to New York. Nick is also close to his twin sister Margo, before and after his mothers death which is the reason Nick takes his wife Amy (who never plans to leave the comfort of her City) and moves him to his town of Missouri without even asking or considering how Amy would take it. Amy however takes it quite well, she spends the last days taking care of Nick’s mom, and looking over Nick’s father, who in his eyes a woman and a man are not equal. He has been send to a nursing home, because Nick and Margo were never really able to forgive him for how he treated their mother.
On their 5th anniversary, Nick and Amy have an argument the night before. Amy however wakes up the next morning with a pleasant greeting for her husband during breakfast, before he sets off to go to work. Nick leaves Amy in the kitchen and heads off to “The Bar” which he manage to buy with Amy’s reminding trust funds, so therefore it’s technically Amy’s bar (Yes, I hate Nick). Upon getting to the bar and serving himself a drink, he receives a call from a neighbor letting him know his cat is sitting outside his house with the door wide open, now this is strange because Amy would never allow the cat outside, thinking he can run away or get himself into an accident. When Nick gets home, Amy is gone and all that is left is a house set up to look like a kidnap, and not only that a murder scene.
*WARNING: SPOILER ALERT, STOP READING*
In order to understand the crime scene, you have to understand Nick and Amy. Nick and Amy are the opposites that attracted under heavy circumstances of loneliness. Once Amy disappears, it’s normal that a husband should morn and feel emotional, and take action to find his wife, however Nick does not look the least concern to know where Amy is, because Nick is no longer in love with Amy. However we’re also learning about the past tense of the relationship throughout a couple of Amy’s diary entries, in them she writes about how she fell in love with Nick, why she was happy living with Nick, but how he through a number of aggressive tantrums unexpectedly. We also start to learn little details, such as Amy trying to buy a gun because she felt she needed to defend herself, and the pregnancy test that concluded she was having a baby, Amy always wanted a baby although she was told she was most likely never going to be able to have children, Nick however has never really shown any interest in being a father.
A tradition of Amy’s is that every anniversary she sets up certain clues for Nick, in order to get to his present, due to these clues Nick starts to unfold the crime, and it’s obvious that Amy is framing her loving husband, for what reason? For being a cheater. But how can Nick come to show he is not the criminal, he would have to admit to the whole neighborhood that he’s been unfaithful to his loving wife. As Nick begins to try to prove himself not guilty, he can’t help but feel as if the only way out is to let out some secrets of his own. Meanwhile Amy has gotten her money stolen she had saved up and she decides to take refugee with her ex boyfriend Desi Collings who’s spend his entire life obsessing over Amy. So we start feeling for Amy, because she’s a good woman who needs to teach Nick a lesson, till we also learn that Amy has a dark side to her character where if something doesn’t happen the way she likes it, she seeks revenge. She did it with a man who had no interest with her, with her previous high school friend, and now Nick, meaning Desi himself is in danger.
I really feel as if Amy’s character is an insecure woman who needs the attention on her, however I find her a lot more evil then Nick. I did not like Nick’s character because although he’s more innocent then Amy, he’s not very honest even when the time comes around that he must come clean and that just got me so pissed off. I can take Amy’s evil plans and manipulations, I can understand her. But Nick? Nick needed to grow a pair.
This book was well written, I’m looking forward to reading the other best seller by Gillan Flynn because I was hooked on this book, and the ending was intense. I loved the last line, the last part just summed up the whole story in one moment.
This girl has been going through some up’s and down’s as I’ve let you guys know in my previous post. But I am back, and more ready and anticipated then ever to be dedicated to giving you guys some wonderful book reviews, and reptile information. It’s also April, which means it’s national poetry month so i’ll be writing a poem everyday for the next 30 days, you guys know i’m a poet, a writer, a reader, an explorer so this should be a good month. The rain should start pouring, meaning more time to sit and ready some books with a cozy cup of tea. I look happy in this picture, lets try to keep it that way for now.
Wow, I’m letting this get to me.
I need to write on this blog more! I haven’t read at all, i’ve been skipping from book to book and I can’t keep myself on one book. I will now force myself to read for my cousins sake. I am going to start writing a middle grade list for my cousin who is in the fifth grade because he doesn’t like to read as much, and his mother has asked me to tutor him and read books with him. I will be updating reviews that I hope help some teachers or mom’s picked out a good book for their children or students.
P.S I WILL BE POSTING MORE. JUST GIVE ME TIME TO GET OVER THIS.