Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review // Luckiest Girl Alive, Crazy Rich Asians, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Another month, another book review.  Only three books this time around, which is a bit disappointing, but not surprising.  The last few weeks have been nutty, but I'm headed into a few days off and I can't wait.

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Luckiest Girl Alive // This book is billed as the next Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, which raised my expectations. In some ways this book lived up to it, but mostly fell short.  The writing is not nearly as sophisticated as Gone Girl, and the suspense/surprise was a big let down.  All of the drama happened in the past, and wasn't all that surprising - I was expecting more.  The characters were engaging in a train wreck kind of a way - I hated them, but couldn't look away.  All in all, I'm not upset I spent the time reading the book, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Crazy Rich Asians // I loved this book, and am a tiny bit embarrassed to admit that. This is not quality literature.  It's not even close. What it is is a little bit scandalous, a lot ridiculous and totally addictive.  The story is about as cookie cutter as can be (girl meets boy, society intervenes, hardship, resolution), but the glimpse into the lives of super rich people in Singapore makes it a little bit new.  I loved reading about the social rules that dictate everyone's lives, it kind of reads like an ethnography combined with a Neiman Marcus catalog.  I loved it.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry // I read this book in 4 hours.  Just straight through, no breaks.  It's so beautifully written and the story is gorgeous.  I truly didn't predict how things would unfold and was so engaged with the entire book.  The characters are interesting, well-developed and super interesting.  The main character, from whose perspective the story was told, is 8, and the story is able to walk the very fine line between being true to her understanding and being childish.  I never questioned the narrative, but also definitely understood that the story was from a kid's point of view.  Recommend times a million.

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha, Crazy Rich Asians is totally one of those novels I'm ashamed to love. The follow up to it is pretty good as well. They left a lot of story lines open at the end, so I'm expecting there to be a third in the series.