Unimpressed. That's what I felt after finally getting through the book. Seriously, I was so excited with the prologue because stories about serial killers are supposed to be interesting right? The mystery, the revelations, the piecing together of the puzzle. But meh, this was not what I had expected.
The major thing you would have to know is that this book is mostly about Violet and Jay's relationship. I felt that all the other elements to the story - Violet's gift (or curse), the serial killer, the murders- were added to at least have a decent flow going. Still, the chapters were excruciating to read because they made simple things complicated. I had more fun on the chapters detailing the killer's thoughts than how the Vi's relationship was going.
Violet's character is one of the worst "heroines" I've encountered. Things and choices she made were blamed to anyone/anything else. She blamed Jay for:
- his smile when she fell and scraped her knees
- ditching her after school so she said yes to Grady's invitation to the homecoming dance
- Jay's absence which encouraged Grady's presence that certain week in school
Seriously? She is also one of those generic characters where she thinks she's unattractive and how there's just no way her hot bestfriend would fall for her but it turned out that he likes her. Why does the plot always have to be like that? But this couple, oh they also have attitude. Both of them used people to make the other envious, but making a statement later that they weren't even sorry for what happened.
And the ending, what more can I say? Everything worked out perfectly for all of them. How Violet was left alone for the serial killer to hunt. How Jay knew something was wrong. How the uncle figured out the killer right in time. Perfect timing for everything. Yaaaay!!!! *sarcastic grin*
The best of reading this? When it was over :)
"And you, darling, are the Duff."
"Is that even a word?"
"Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend," he clarified. "No offense, but that would be you."
Okay so I was intrigued with this book because I saw the trailer of the movie coming out next year. I heard a lot of good things about this book too, but with all honesty, it wasn't much to my liking.
There are a lot of stereotypes in this book - yep typical high school. Main character Bianca was such a hypocrite most of the time but I got to hand it to her for realizing that in the end. She is just so full of contradictions, lies a lot, hates almost everything, makes excuses about needing a distraction, . She has a lot to say about other people, but doesn't even stop to think about things she's been doing.
What is exactly honest about this book? What is it trying to say? Probably that teens have a lot of raging hormones.
Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss... But every once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare