Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Honestly the subject matter was so horrific, I didn't notice much about the writing. It's a short book and easy to read, but I really didn't pay much attention to writing style at all. I don't think that's what the author was going for - this is definitely plot-driven and the selling factor is the nature of the story as opposed to the writing itself.
I was "entertained" by the book in that it kept my attention and I read it quickly and couldn't put it down. I had to know what would happen to Alice. But I'm honestly still debating whether I think the book was just sensationalism of a horrible crime. I felt voyeuristic while reading it. I didn't get the same sense of importance in applying to the lives of teens from it as I do from Ellen Hopkins' books or from Speak. Beyond tittilation, I'm not sure what the takeaway from it is, if that makes sense. There isn't a moral or lesson the author is trying to convey and it's not an issue that I think teens are commonly dealing with (date rape, substance abuse, etc, I can see - but stranger abduction and sexual abuse for years - that's more of an SVU episode than something teens encounter in their daily lives).
I liked the book, but I don't feel like I liked it differently than I like Law and Order or Criminal Minds. It's a good book, but not necessarily an important book in the sense that I feel like Speak is important. But maybe you read it and feel differently? I've seen a lot of good reviews on Good Reads (and this isn't a bad review) - but I'd be interested to hear why you think it's important/good literature as opposed to just another Jodi Picoult-esque ripped from the headlines thriller.
Posted by Julie G at 5:10 PM