Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Hopkins pushes boundaries in her YA works and I think it's fair to say that she does so in her first adult book as well. It's well done, similar in style to the verse novels she writes for teens. As I've said before in reviewing her writing, the poetry can be, at times, gimmicky, but she makes her points well and I love that she is bringing poetry to readers who probably typically stick to prose.
Again, I think it's similar to what Hopkins writes for teens, but with an adult audience in mind. The issues she brings up are so appropriate for where I think our society as a whole is - the indulgence, the focus on making yourself happy regardless of what that means for others, the attempts to fill a life void. The characters were not always likable. In fact, I found myself really hating one of them, and at times really disliking the other two. The character I hated was the most obvious example of someone who is living for her own desires and disregarding everything but her own happiness. I appreciated that Hopkins showed a realistic portrayal of what happens when someone decides to cast aside everything and everyone in search of making herself happy - and how it can backfire.
The issue of adultery is addressed well. I have a hard time reading books where adultery is portrayed lightly and shown as a solution to loveless marriage - where a character has a justified affair because she doesn't "really" love her husband and then rides off into the sunset with the man she cheated with. That's not ok for me. But Hopkins doesn't take that route. While she refrains from moralizing or preaching at the reader, she honestly shows the inside workings of why a person would cheat and the ripple effect that cheating can have on people who may not seem to be directly affected. This certainly isn't a book that shows a happily ever after escape from loneliness or problems in marriage. I think it shows the sad reality for many people who have an emptiness that they are looking to fill, and the damage that can be done to families when a parent decides to put their own happiness over the family. OH and it totally reminded me of the Casting Crowns song "Slow Fade" if you are familiar.
One note to readers is that it's also a pretty graphic book. Like I mentioned before, Hopkins is known for her edgy teen fiction and her adult fiction takes that a step farther. I had some o.O moments as I was reading. If sex scenes turn you off, you may find yourself skipping some pages.
Posted by Julie G at 1:57 PM