Top critical review
Weird, and Rather Pointless
on January 20, 2016
Note: I use the Goodreads rating system, so my two stars means "It was okay".
Okay, that wasn't at all what I was expecting.
I'm not really sure how to rate this book. There were times when I was reading it that I felt it should get three stars, other times I wanted to give it one. At one point I almost abandonded it without rating it at all, but then it got good again.
I settled on two stars (it was okay). It's a collection of random thoughts by a woman. And then sometimes I think it's a man, but then it's obvious that it's a woman again. But is it the SAME woman each time? I don't think so, because sometimes she's married, and other times she just has a boyfriend, and other times I think she might be lesbian.
Either way, the narrator is definitely neurotic, and/or suffering from depression and/or various other psychological disorders. I didn't find it disturbing, as the book blurb promised; I just found it weird.
Some of the things she says I can identify with, others I can't, because I honestly can't remember ever thinking that way.
The problem is, most "diary" type books involve the narrator progressing towards one clearly defined goal. At the very least, the narrator grows. In this one, there really isn't any kind of progression at all between Day One and Day One Hundred. There may be progression between (for example) Day Fifty-One and Day Fifty-Two, but by fifty-three, she's no better than she was at the start.
Maybe if the book were packaged differently. I like Flash Fiction, so I guess the days could be read as separate little stories, but that doesn't really make sense either, because some of them are barely a paragraph, and some of them are a few pages, and most of them could never stand on their own because they don't have a point.