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Plot: “Audrey draped her arms around a bloke’s shoulders, inhaling his cigarette stained breath. He had zits like hers, but the facial structure was good and she was hot. “She knew it was gross, but if she was going to stop thinking about Nathan for one second, she’d have to take extreme measures.” Neither had a condom but they were at it with full enthusiasm until they heard steps approaching. He zipped up just in time and “Yanking her dress down, Audrey ran, forgetting her panties tossed aside on the ground.” She returned to the more than century-old three story building that had seen far better days to go “shuffling past the lounge where some brain-dead catatonics sat, gazing at the television. Some were drooling all over the couch again. “Ms. Harris will be upset!” yelled a Down syndrome girl before clapping her hands over her mouth to giggle. Aubrey yawned, marching up the staircase that led to the second floor.” Here she transferred some clothes to the dryer, and her work finished, slipped into her bedroom where she had stashed her jar of stolen pills. Not enough yet and how was she going to go on? Where were her best friend Adelaide Pierri of even Billi Porter? She desperately missed Nathan Silva. She then began to read the unusual book she had discovered in a used book store. Sleepy after a while, she slept only to suffer a horrible, weird dream/awake experience. Next, the reader is introduced to Bella Broadhurst getting ready to party HARD for her birthday She has begun by starting to drink heavily and waltzing around completely nude with her friends. From this point on the story follows a convoluted path involving a group of students at the Pentecostal Boarding School, a private school and additional assorted other students and individuals of both sexes who are determined to ‘live life to its fullest’ with and by any means possible. Most are nihilists. All participate in drunken escapades, indiscriminate sexual activity and many indulge in self-mutilation. A reason is provided for Aubrey’s activity in that she came from a home where mother and father constantly fought. Her very young mother constantly poked her sister with needles which she mentioned to a girlfriend. From there an abuse investigation deposited the parents in jail, her older sister in a home for troubled teenagers and 12-year-old Aubrey was taken in by a “sweet old lady”, Ms. Harris, the owner/manager of the above described ‘home’. Here the child was put to work helping her when she was not required to be at the local school. From here the story continues its meandering pathway seemingly involving in a deadly manner anyone in anyway associated with the book that caused Aubrey’s horrid dream/awake episode, although some of the disastrous occurrences simply could result from the individuals’ manner of existence. Eventually and ultimately the story arrives at the beginning of the next volume in the series.
Discussion: The author states at the very beginning of the book: “Aubrey finds a book that propels her and her peers into horror and madness. Nihilism, self-harm, explicit scenes. You now enter at your own discretion.” Apropos this statement, the book does provide an abundant description of activity on the ‘seamier’ side of life, which does seem to exist in even more abundance among the youth of today for whatever reason one wishes to accept. Thus, in truth, there is little this reviewer can offer. If the reader’s inclination is to enjoy or be attracted to this activity in this environment this book definitely is for you. If one enjoys stories further removed from these somewhat decadent activities often performed in less than pleasant, even ultra-dark settings, they must be searched for elsewhere.
Conclusion: A dark tale of horror/fantasy with nihilistic self-indulgent behavior often performed in repugnant settings
As a backstory, Aubrey is taken from her substance-abusing parents by Child Protective Services and is placed into a kind of forboding, damp asylum led by Ms. Harris, and goes to a Pentecostal boarding school, where she is confronted by the religious school staff. Her peers pick on her outward appearances, while other girls are extremely catty and spiteful toward one another (particularly Bella, who teases Aubrey and fancies herself a porn star, before travelling to a mansion in Miami and dying from an infectious pustule). Things start to get violent and relatively graphic as sex is portrayed in a grotesque, non-intimate way and Kendra's twin daughters are snatched up by a winged evil beast before it turns around and fatally attacks her. After Aubrey attacks Addy out of jealousy, she is given a restraining order and proceeds to attempt suicide by hanging herself. Fortuitiously, a demon guy named Tyler cuts her down and brings her to live with him and his friend, Terry. Terry has full, unabashed knowledge of the 'Something.' book and tells of its witchy underworld called Wisteria, as well as its location behind the door of a shed in the backyard of a frat house. After narrowly being drowned in holy water at her boarding school, Aubrey escapes, then goes to a party with Nathan and Addy, and brings them with her into the Wisteria shed.
Even though Something's subtitle suggests that this is the first book of the Wisteria series, it loses its footing several times as if it’s scaling a sharp cliff of teenage self-image issues on its way to an infectiously morbid ghost story. It may have worked better as a flashback-then-present-day Rose Red story.
What is that a teenage girl wants more than everything? It is something that most teenagers (boys and girls alike) equally want: they want to ‘fit in’. They want to be loved, especially by their peers and by a certain somebody in their life. The same thing happened to our main protagonist Aubrey.
Aubrey is just a normal teenage girl who just broke up with her boyfriend. From what we can tell it seems that Aubrey is living somewhat boring life. But that is about to change after she accidentally (or maybe not) stumbles upon a mysterious, old book named “Something’’.
What I really like about this book is how the entire story is written from a perspective of a teenage girl. Yes, she has problems fitting in, her boyfriend just dumped her. Combine all that with the fact that she is not the most popular girl in town and voila- you get the picture. But the book is not only about Aubrey and her problems. That is not exactly the ‘point’ of the book. There is a certain book, remember? After she gets the book, the story becomes darker and creepier with every next page we read. What happens to Aubrey? What is her connection with the mysterious book? All that (and so many more) readers will find in this great, teenage/horror/mystery novel! If you are into dark and mysterious books with awesomely twisted plots (which I am) then “Something’’ will definitely be your book of choice. I give it 5/5 stars.
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