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I thought it was adorable and avoided being played out as cliche. I think Lois made the right decision and eventually they go back to America and own a restaurant that they live above, so they can follow their dreams and still be part of Mazg culture as "second-story people" - - just second story home owners ;)
I really enjoyed this book and thought that some of the unlikeable aspects of the character made it so real and engrossing. I feel like (except for Trip) every one had motivations and we understood their reasoning behind their actions, even if we didn't necessarily like it or them.
This book was beautiful and I could not put it down! It was such an amazing story about choosing happiness and love even if its not conventional. I loved Cyril and this is easily within my top 5 books of this year and probably my second favorite BOTM pick of all time, behind All the Ugly and Wonderful things!
I found the wrong terminology grating as well. I thought the ending was a little rush and a bit of a cop out in an effort to make a big twist.
I also thought that sleeping with Joe was a little out of character and very insulting to a boyfriend that was practically perfect for her.
It was a bit of an adjustment, and I think it could have been tweaked a little more, but the style was refreshing. I agree that the narrator did seem a bit immature, but I feel like she has never really had to face an adult reality because first her parents, then the best friend, then Eric took care of her. I think her maturing through the book was a good progression and the fact that it was subtle and took time to build, just like real maturation so I thought the style really lent itself to the story and vice versa. If it had been any other format I do not think the book would have been as unique and enjoyable as it was.
David was a jerk but nothing really happened with him so I feel like that doesn't count as a relationship. It was more of her responding to someone close in age expressing interest in her and she responded, but ultimately her relationships within the family showed her what relationships should be like and unwilling to deal with bullsh*t, like with David or even Hal to a certain extent. I think it mainly has to do with her longing for acceptance and I think with Hal she knew she could be with him but still maintain her a barrier that kept her partially alone. It's not until she has Cap and joins the family that she lets people in the deepest parts of herself.
Just wanted to say that I am so happy to see All the Ugly and Wonderful Things getting the recognition it deserves? This book is why I joined BOTM and seeing it be a finalist for the Lolly and second for Goodreads fiction novel of the year just makes me so happy. One of the best books I have ever read!
I think this was one of the most real books that I have read in awhile, and it kept surprising me throughout, which I really didn't expect. I don't think we really got a full portrait of Eric or his motivations which I think was intended by the author
I agree that Frankenfoot was only helpful to help explain some of Eric's motivations and it was not really explored effectively and I think it could have had more of an impact. Very underutilized
The first few chapters were a little rough, and it was overall a very different book than what I usually read, but I still enjoyed it. If you're able to push through I hope it'll be worth it! I was a little iffy on this book since I read the first few pages on amazon before I added it to my box, (A Gambler's Anatomy was my BOTM pick), but it was chosen by my favorite judge and I am glad that I got it in the end. I think that's part of the beauty of BOTM, you read things that maybe wouldn't catch your attention otherwise. Overall it wasn't the best book I've gotten through BOTM, but it still wasn't the worst thing I've ever read.
I thought the fact that Bruno's apparent telepathic powers were the least interesting part of the character was a testament to the strength of Lethem's writing. It really helped to add to a rich and complex character, which when written well, is always enjoyable to read.