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So I got this book in my March box and I just finished it yesterday. This would have definitely had been a DNF book, but I hate to see myself not read a book to the end. I understand it was about friendship and how the people you surround yourself with and experiences shape you into the person you would become. But, putting that to the side, the story flatlined throughout the whole book. Many questions left unanswered. When major events occurred (example, losing virginity or meeting Sal at the end), they were done with quickly. The last chapter left me thinking, like really, that's it? I agree that it would've be better to have some insight on what Marlena was thinking or what really happened to her. I usually take a day or two to digest a book when I finish reading it, but I have about 7 TBR books on the side, and I already started the next one today.
I am about 50 pages in and I am not sure if I am missing something... I find it boring as well...glad to see I am not the only one that feels that way ;) Not sure IF I will get to finish it
Their were so many opportunities for the author to actually do some thing with a plot and then it would just fizzle out and not much would happen. I thought it was going to be more of a murder mystery and there were maybe a few pages that actually talk about Marlena's death. I also thought that the beginning was leading up to this meeting with Sal and then that too was so short and didn't even elaborate on what had happened to him after he was taken away or at least we could have read what Cat actually said to him. It just felt like the author got as bored writing this novel as I did reading it and wrapped it up. The whole book was built on anticipation that amounted to nothing but the story full of unexplained scenarios. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but every book I have read from this membership has been a dud in my opinion. Anyone have a really good recommendation for me? I need a page turner next with an exciting plot.
This book gave me all the feels of growing up with my best friend, feeling like it was us against the world. I am normally a thriller type of girl, but I fell in love with this story, despite a lack of twists. I think the author telling us the ending at the beginning of the book allowed me to slow down and appreciate the story being told for what it is. It was beautifully written. I found myself re-reading passages so that I could better take them in. This books was so relatable and wonderful, it has not yet left me, and I have a feeling it will stay with me for a long time.
I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book, some liking, some hating, some just kinda apathetic, but I truly loved this book. Maybe it's because I had a similar friendship when I was younger (less extreme, but still similar), but the characters really resonated with me. I felt I could really relate to Cat, how she was feeling throughout the friendship and how she had this romanticized vision of Marlena. It all just really hit home for me and made me reminisce, both fondly and also regretfully. The writing was beautiful and that really helped made the story so stirring. This isn't necessarily a fast-paced, suspenseful, action-packed story, but it is emotional and moving and I would absolutely recommend to anyone, but especially those who have experienced such a toxic and overwhelming friendship like that of Cat and Marlena. I'm now reading another BOTM, but find my self still thinking about this book.
As someone who has a family full of alcoholics and drug addicts, the tone of the book felt very spot-on. I really appreciated how there was this sense of chaos and a lack of real consequences but a generalized sense of life not going right. I liked that there wasn't a neat and tidy ending, that everything was left kind of with this air of mystery. It all felt very real to me.
I enjoyed this book, but I wasn't blown away. After reading it I had the feeling that something from the story was missing...Like maybe a chapter or two was torn out before I could finish reading! This could have been a really good suspense or thriller book, or maybe the story would have been better told as an essay. This book just seemed slightly incomplete.
However, I think I can forgive all that. The part I enjoyed most was how honest and realistic this story was. I believed these characters were real, flaws and all. They were so selfish, just as a fifteen year-old or a drug addict is in real life. Did anyone else feel this way?
This isn't a five star book, in my opinion, but it was one I'm glad I read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from begning to end. One thing I wish though was that her and Sal's meeting would have given a little more information, such as what happened to him all those years in foster care, or if more conversation would have been included in the chapter period. I felt like a lot of the New York chapters built on the anticipation of their meeting and the actual chapter was mostly about him drinking beer and her trying not to drink.
I am loving this book so far, it actually reminds me of a childhood friend of mine who was so innocent when I met her and then just seemed to fall into a spiral of decisions that become life like Cat did.
I finished this book this past week and I truly did find it rather enjoyable. It may be due to the fact that it flashed me back to my love of the movie Thirteen, when I was a teenager or that I just enjoy a good sh*t show. The beginning was fairly slow but I chalked that up to the laying of the groundwork for the story. Once it started going, it really started going. I did expect there to be more consequence to their actions but I guess it makes sense that there weren't, since Cat's mom was a bit of a drinker as well (I wanted there to be more of a connection to this throughout the present day parts). I was a little upset about the fact that we don't truly learn about what happened to Marlena, although I think it was most obviously a drug related accident in the end. I was slightly confused reading the last chapter, for a minute I thought it was from Marlena's persepective (I totally wish it would have been) but it wasn't. Had the Author have gone that route, it would have given her a chance to tie up some of the questions about Marlena's death, which I think might have been a better ending.
Overall, I did enjoy this book!!! It was a great, quick, read!
Did anyone feel like the book tried just a little too hard to shock you? I mean did there have to be SO MUCH that was screwed up? Not to be a goody two-shoes; I just wonder if the story relied too heavily on "everything here is fucked up."
Note: that might be the only aspect of the book I dislike; I loved the themes of being young and trying to grow up, of choices that change lives, of inevitability, etc. I think that was well done.
I just finished the book and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Parts of me really liked it and the other parts of me felt it was just a slow, uneventful read. I understand that it was supposed to be a look back on two young girls' friendship, but I felt like something was missing.
The New York chapters (or the 'now') felt too short to me. I didn't quite feel the connection between the past chapters and the present ones. The present ones seemed to only focus on her drinking, while the past focused on a story. Perhaps that was the entire point.
The other thing I'm curious to know is if other readers were also confused by the last chapter called Marlena. I assumed, that it was a chapter from the point of view of Marlena, but the ending of the chapter didn't feel that way. What do you all think?
I'm about 60 pages into Marlena and I just can't get into it. And those 60 pages I've read in like 3 or 4 days. Is anyone else having this problem? I'm trying to decide whether or not to give up on it or work hard to finish it.