It’s the final weekend of 2018 and I am very happy to be relaxing and doing a bit of traveling. A friend of mine gave me Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn to read and I was able to read it in two days last week. Today’s bonus post is to help me catch up on reviews and posts to ring out 2018. Next Friday, I’ll be posting a product review of my first Stitch Fix box. Afterwards, the goal is to write blogs on Mondays and Wednesday’s when school resumes.
Time to dive into a review about a book that I will not be keeping on my shelf.
I went into reading this book without any prior knowledge. I knew that it dealt with mental health, after asking my friend that simple question. “This book deals with depression, doesn’t it?”
That was a minor theme within the book and the main characters backstory. Sharp Objects is now a HBO TV show and I have yet to watch the trailer or the show. I didn’t find that out until after reading the book while looking at good reads for reviews. A lot of the reviews echoed my own sentiment and I am weary on if I am going to watch the show.
This book is considered a thriller-suspense-crime story. Good Reads Synopsis. I highlighted important things to know about the book:
“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.”
Where the book was spot on and/ or interesting notes:
1. I was able to enjoy Gillian’s writing style. It was a bit too choppy but made it easy to read.
2. This book was edited by Entertainment Weekly staff members. That rubs me the wrong way, it really does. defiantly made for TV>
3. Dialogue between the mother Adora and the protagonist, Camille that was cut throat and got me re interested. On the other hand, the mother’s negativity and disdain for being a Mother moves these two characters on the next sectioned list.
4. I enjoyed how brief the book was at 17 chapters. It was still a bit too long by 50 pages, but I am glad the story wasn’t dragged out any more than it was.
5. It was interesting to see a whole cast of mentally unstable women. Did I like it? NO. Does it list off reasons why I don’t want this book and don’t like the message it sends? Yes. Read the next block.
If I had been given this book last year or even earlier this year, I wouldn’t have been able to handle this book. The main character Camille, has cuts (made by her) all over her body because its something she’s done since she was a child. She goes to a psyche ward at AGE 30.
AT. AGE. 30.
I can not stress that enough. She goes thru a majority of her childhood being raped, addicted to certain things in life- including cutting words into and on her skin. She doesn’t get admitted to a psyche ward until she’s 30. Did no one care for her during those starting years? Did she not care enough to take care of herself? This hits so many pet peeves about mental health and depression.
Let’s also address the unhealthy boundaries in this book: Sex, drugs, abusive female family members, and the list is too long to go one. Look, sex in books aren’t bad but when the main character unhealthy (and drunk, might I add) sleeps with a 18-year old who is 10-12 years younger than her bothers me.
No morals. Yes, I understand its a book but somethings are better left alone.
And finally, I want to address the one character scene that bothers me the most:
The detective (who has slept with Camille several times; without fully undressing) finds Camille naked. He runs out the bathroom, not wanting to love her anymore because her body is full of scars.
How is that love? It’s not. It;s someone who prizes looks before brains, personality and other traits that appeals someone to love.
Mental health in books is a touchy subject. Mental health needs to start having a positive upswing in story narrative and character turnouts, and this book confirms my ideas on how it should be done.
I do want to apologize that this post harked on a bit of negativity. I would rate this book 2 stars at least, but a majority of the stars taken away are from things mentioned above.
Since this is the last book review of the year, let me know what books I should look into for 2019. I’ll be binge watching as much Doctor Who season 11 as I can between now and New Year’s Day!
Happy New Year!
Danielle (link to Twitter)