Yikes, I’ve been very MIA so far this year, but I swear I have a good excuse! Because the weather has been so ridiculously snowy, cold and icy, I’ve been hibernating in my room reading like crazy. I made a goal this year to read 100 books and while that probably won’t happen (I plan on attacking some chunksters this year), I’ve been plugging away at my awesome pile of TBR books. I also finished a few books that have been lingering on my half-read list, like ‘I, Robot’ and ‘The Instructions’.
I’m going to jump right into a book review
The novel reminds me very much of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides; in fact this may be its only fault. However, while both books are written from the perspective of a group of boys obsessed with the tragedy of a girl(s) in the 1970s, Pittard’s novel also focused on the theme of growing up/becoming an adult and therefore does indeed stand on its own. I was also reminded, strangely, of the movie “Brick”, though I can’t actually figure out why. The book is neither snappy nor noir like the movie, but occasionally I would be reminded of the movie when the boys would get together and discuss different rumors and gossip about Nora.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is craving a quick, intense read (and really, who isn’t?). Follow this link for an audio interview with Hannah Pittard, as well as an excerpt from the book.