Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I was seriously impressed by the writing in this one, particularly as it's a debut. I loved the way the author combined the darkness of the story with darkly comic moments. Marnie and Nelly are intensely lovable, as is Lennie. Marnie in particular was a striking character. O'Donnell does a great job of slowly revealing just how damaged she is, continuing to shock the reader with each new revelation. At the same time, you can't help but love her and sympathize with her.
This is one that you'll be tempted to neglect your responsibilities for. I couldn't stop reading it. And at approximately 300 pages, it's possible to read it in just a sitting or two. It's very smart, but also very readable. I thought it was clever, funny, touching, and intensely disturbing at parts.
I definitely recommend this one. It's a great coming of age story that manages to be original and capture a unique voice. My one word of caution would be that the content is at times hard to read, especially given the age of the narrators.
Posted by Julie G at 6:47 PM