I picked a short one this week because…
About a week and a half ago, I decided to basically try to read the Bible as fast as I could. (That’s the short and polite way of putting it.)
While I thought about making the rest of the Bible my book of the week (due to how it’s a little challenging juggling a 400 paged novel on top of it), I don’t think it’s possible to actually “review” the Bible in one post.
Although, I’ll say this. The book of Esther is basically the original Selection series.
Just, putting that out there.
Last week (more like this morning), I read Bone Gap.
And as promised, I will be kind. Not really.
You know, this book is the reason why I’ve decided to read a much shorter book this week.
And it’s not because I didn’t like it. On the contrary, I think it’s one of the best YA books I’ve ever spent time on.
But not because of the story itself. See, it starts off with this stereotypical small town where everyone knows everyone kind of thing that we’ve come to expect from these teen pushing money grabbers. (Oh, I’m definitely not thinking of sparkling superhero vampiric creatures. Not at all.) There’s the pretty main character who doesn’t fit in and all that jazz.
But then as the story unfolds, the characters (and the town) reveal themselves to… (spoilerish) not be as they first appeared. It breaks clichés, really pushing the reader to think about inner v. outer beauty and the whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” bit.
As a writer myself, I loved, well, how it was written, making you believe one thing was actually this whole other thing the entire time. (I know, diving into the specifics here, with this thing and that thing.)
BUT, as a reader… there were some moments that were like, “Whoa, hold up here.” Like, it seems as if it’s just a fictional story that’s based in this real world. And yet, it kind of took a leap into weird and magical and fantasy and it just, it started to hurt my brain. (Then again, I guess that’s the whole point of the book. Crushing the norm. Still. Coulda been done a little better here.)
But if you can somehow make that corner of your mind shut up, don’t get confused easily, or aren’t reading the entire Bible at the same time… this one’s a must read!
Swearing= a few s-words, h-words, and d-words. Look, I’m sorry. Next week I will count them, I promise! (Except, I’m pretty sure Fantastic Beasts doesn’t have any.)
But yeah, hope that wasn’t too harsh… oh, wait. Yup. Pretty sure she doesn’t read this. If you read this, and you know who you are, text me right now and tell me to stick to my day job! Nope. Okay then. (Joke’s on you, my job is Netflixing and napping and eating pizza!)