Number 99: Wintergirls
Wow did I hate this book. This book made me want to never branch out again and just be fine with what I like and never look for anything new…ever. I hated the writing (seemed weak and unimaginative and a little too on the nose), the metaphors (literally none of them stuck and some left me wondering what in the hell she could mean), the characters (I felt sorry for them sure, but I didn’t give a shit about them or their story), the content (melodramatic from start to finish and also the plot is will she eat today). I understand this book wasn’t written for anything near my demographic but damn! It was so bleak and depressing and for all of that there was little to no redeeming qualities that would make me think this was a good book for a teen to read. I guess if a teenager was suffering from poor self-image and struggling with eating that they may see something within these pages that I don’t, but there is little in the content that makes me believe someone suffering from something similar would want to change or even read something so depressing.
I guess it was easy to empathize with the protagonist because I felt her hunger, but it is a disease that I truly know nothing about and I cannot fathom how someone can starve their self to death. As I read this book I imagined how John Green would have handled the material, and I’m confident he would have taken the same content, made the same points, but he would have done so with a touch of comedy and a touch of tragedy, with convincing and sympathetic characters. oh, John Green…
I just think that the content wasn’t for me so I just didn’t get what I was supposed to, and that’s fine, I get that there are books geared only toward certain niche audiences, but how do those books make it onto NPR’s top 100 list. How is there a large enough following for this book to make it onto this list? I imagined these would be books that transcended genders and generational gaps and would be stories that moved you no matter what your background was. Maybe I came into this with the wrong idea, and maybe there really aren’t that many good books out there.
Sidebar: In reading these 100 books I hope to narrow down what it is exactly that I like to have in the books that I read. (I’ve mentioned before that I really haven’t read that many books.) I feel I haven’t read enough to truly know what I want, but I do this one thing…it is not this book or anything like it.
My goal of staying positive is all but slipping away…
Wife: An astounding no.