This book was intense. It made me feel really uncomfortable. It’s hard to put it into words. Definitely not for the weak of heart. Great writing.
ETA 10/31/14 after watching the movie at least 10 times in the last two years:
The movie was a lot more palatable then the book, but still disturbing (at least for mainstream horror). The book and movie are a bit different in the fact that the movie feels more like dark comedy for me, and the book more horror.
I read a lot of horror, and this novel disturbed me and stayed with me even years later. I am debating re-reading it to see if it is as disturbing to me, still.
Recommended For: Those who want a trashy good time
Disclaimer: This book was sent through Netgalley for free, in exchange for an honest review.
This book was not like any of her novels that came after. So your mileage may vary.
I mean it was a trashy-in-a-good-way pulpy vintage novel that I found entertaining and amusing. It was a good mental vacation with the various things that have been going on in real life. It read like a more grown-up version of the outsiders. This is a good thing.
I loved “Morgenstern’s” parts of the novel- witty and snarky, I was laughing a lot and quoting choice parts to my family.
What detracted from the enjoyment was Goldman’s comments in the first 35 pages and I didn’t even read “Buttercup’s Baby” segment. The misogyny, fat-shaming, and one homophobic comment (fearing that his son will turn into a pouf) was really grating to read- I had so much second hand embarrassment, that it was kind of amusing how bitter he sounded.
I hate to pick which was better, the movie had a lot of Goldman’s commentary out of it (the first 35! pages), which was a good choice, but you had more back-story in the book. I guess that will have to be your choice, fellow fans. 😀
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