Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: Two or three Things I Forgot to Tell You - Joyce Carol Oates

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 2 stars  
Cover Rating: 3 stars (Plain, but not bad.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 288 p.
Add it: Goodreads

It's senior year and Tink is gone. Tink was the glue that held her friends together. Now they have secrets trapped inside of themselves. The secrets are poisoning them, but who do they have to tell now?

What?! Seriously. I am not really sure what I even just read. It was a jumbled mess of conceited teenage narration. Merissa makes me want to ring her neck...she totally knows what it's like to be hungry because "Merissa could go without eating for hours...". Well congratulations! You don't have to constantly shove food into your mouth every minute of every day! Let me give a a gold star. The girls all just really annoyed me.

I didn't like the structure of this book either. The narration was weird and then it switched to a different character. We were given fragments of a story instead of a whole thing that made any sense. These girls are sheep and completely full of themselves and I had a hard time getting through this novel.

The strange stuff about Tink was interesting, but could not save the rest of the mess. This book was simply not for me at all. There were lots of connotations throughout this novel, but I could never get a good handle on them. A good pick for a book discussion, but not enjoyable to read alone.

First Line:
"'Merissa! Congratulations!'"

Favorite Line:
"Overhead the sky was losing its light."

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