Pages: 76 / 771; 10%
The Reason for the Reaping: My Auntie Carol recommended this one to me. We’ll see where this monstrosity takes us!
The Great Comparisons: Everything is Illuminated, All the Light We Cannot See
As I Lay Summarizing: Theo Decker, looking back on his naïve thirteen-year-old self, is in a bit of a snag at school. He’s been a naughty child, and he and his mom need to have a meeting with the administration. The day goes to shit, and thusly everything else goes to shit.
The Line That Killed Me: “Why did I obsess over people like this? Was it normal to fixate on strangers in this particular vivid, fevered way?” (28). Death by the infinite lives to be lived.
Best Character: Audrey
Why [As] You Like It: Omg Donna Tartt can write. Grl. Her prose is sharp and atmospheric, and [most of] her characters are well realized. Audrey is a goddess of art history (look up the title; it’s a painting), and you’ll want to be her friend. This book brings New York City and all its people to life. There’s a reason it won the Pulitzer.
Why I’m Gone, Girl: Not only is thirteen-year-old Theo a little whiny (whyyyy are they always like this??), he’s also moronic. And not in a cute way. I don’t even care if his actions are “realistic;” he is frustrating and a hard POV to read. Also, his older ass self is coloring his younger ass story a lot, so it makes it even more annoying to read about because he keeps saying “idk why I did this.” Yeah, neither do we. *facepalm*
Last Line, Last Chance: “‘…versa.’”
Will I turn the page, or toss it into Mount Doom?
While it’s a big negative that the main character is damned annoying, Tartt’s writing keeps me hanging on. I turn the page, only because he’s guaranteed to grow up—in more ways than one.