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Hello Kitty Must Die Paperback – April 1, 2010
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You've just imagined both Angela S. Choi and her debut novel's protagonist, Fiona. Except Fiona chooses not to write crime fiction, but to abet crime itself, in a very strange way.
This is a pithy and entertaining read. Fi is not an adorable, likeable character, not a Hello Kitty (all cuteness, no mouth, no threat, no will of her own), but a smart and sassy woman who knows what she wants -- and, more importantly, what she does not. The story concerns her unorthodox but ultimately successful quest to achieve both ends in her own prickly way.
Her partner in crime, Sean, is less well-drawn and never quite comes alive, but perhaps he doesn't need to. While Fi describes him as the love of her life, it's obvious that she doesn't mean this in the conventional or romantic sense: he's her ultimate anti-fashion accessory, and on that level he's just what the doctor ordered (and yes, he's a doctor). His job is not to fulfill or complete her, but to wedge her out of the role in which she has felt trapped, as is, perhaps, hers for him.
Ultimately, this book is about getting stuff out of one's system. Now that Choi has gotten some stuff out of hers -- her obvious distaste for Chinese culture and for the way in which deliberate singles are viewed -- I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next, for she shows a great deal of promise. Next!
I absolutely loved this story. It's dark and snarky and wrong and witty and clever and perfect if you enjoy true crime/horror genres (think "Dexter"), wondered about Chinese culture, or questioned your own role(s) as a female.
Angela S. Choi is now on my auto-buy list.
Funny in parts, uncomfortable in parts ... enjoyable if not taken too seriously.
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But I really did like this book. It is very different, and in a good way.
It is enjoyable, fun to read, and totally unpredictable.
And it is well edited, I saw no errors at all
Good job, thank you!
As I first started reading this book, I enjoyed the internal dialogue of Fiona with all of the stereotypes of Chinese culture. As the book progressed, I started to realize that she was rather like Veronica in the 1988 movie, Heathers. She was a watchful and willing participant in murders. Sean was like JD in the movie, dealing with internal demons. Even Sean's changed last name "Killroy" gave meaning to his hobbies. The ending was really like the end of Heathers with the explosion and Fiona smoking one of Sean's cigarettes.
I will not deny that the book was well written, but it was not very original.
I can't help but think that with better editing on part of the publisher, this could have been a much better book. It is an interesting first novel from a new author, though, and I look forward to reading more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book for a book club in my area. All I can say is these women must be twisted. While the book was incredibly well-written, I was dragged from one page to the next... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ADropofInkReviews
This novel is a little shallow-like the society it derides. I thought it was a little facile-but I knew the name of every serial killer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Douglas J. Berry
I loved this book. At first I thought it would be a quick read, maybe a little funny but nothing special. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
looking just at the cover made me want to vomit i dont think this is apropriate for kids of any sort i think this book shoild be taken offPublished 11 months ago by BboomS84
I had such high hopes for this too. The person I heard about it from spoke so highly of it but when I popped it open... I was so underwhelmed in so many ways. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Twankiie
Well, I was happy to see an Asian writer with such a twisted vision write a story about one unwanted hymen, a serial killer, and apparently illogical Chinese culture. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Derek J. Vasconi