Cecilia tries to kill herself but she fails. Though the second time, she does it right. This book is about the family of a suicidal girl, and the boys who watch them from across the street. Boys who want to understand these mysterious girls and their parents, but probably never will. The boys are the “narrator” of this book. It’s told like one person tells it, but the boy who tells this, always says “we” when he talks about him and his friends.
It’s a very interesting story, and I was curious to what would happen to the environment of these girls. How would they react, and their parents? How would their world fall apart piece by piece? But I never had the feeling that Euginedes told me about these things. I actually don’t have much to tell about the plot of this novel, because the plot is very simple: Cecilia attempts suicide and her family falls apart. The girls don’t get to go to school anymore and are not allowed to meet boys, they’re practically prisoners in their own home.
The first pages were very beautiful and exciting, I wanted to read about suicide (sounds macabre, I know), but then, after 10 to 20 pages I found myself skipping over sentences. Eugenides was (imho) telling in a really slow pace, and besides that: he didn’t tell a lot about the subject that attracted me to this book. The end was exciting too, and because of that the rating is higher than I would’ve given it when I would only have read the middle of the book, which was just plain boring.
I would only have wanted to read the beginning and the ending, the middle part was just too plain and, I’m sorry to say, boring. I guess my expectations were too high for this novel, as I didn’t like it as much as most people do. But I will still watch the film. A lot of people like this book, so don’t hesitate to buy it if the plot interests you, it just wasn’t for me..
I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars on goodreads.
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