{review} Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn|A Likable Book Full of Unlikable Characters

Gone GirlOn a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

 

“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

Gone Girl is one of those books that I’m not sure where I lie in the spectrum of loving a book. Do I “LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND” or do I “like the book…yeah it was pretty good.”

This is the first book that I’m not rating a 5 star by Gillian Flynn and it honestly makes me so sad. I still liked the book, I don’t think I loved it but I liked it. The characters were aloof and flawed, just like I like them and the plot in general was intriguing.

However…

This took me years to read. No, I’m not kidding! This took me about 3 years to actually finish the book. I love Gillian Flynn, especially her strongest and in my opinion, her grittiest book, Dark Places. With Gone Girl, the beginning is extremely slow, almost unbearably slow. I finally decided to listen to the first 100 pages or so on audiobook and oh boy did that help tremendously! After listening to the boring stuff, I switched back to a physical copy and I couldn’t put it down!

Nick’s wife, Amy, randomly goes missing on their anniversary. Flynn alternates point of views, one being Nick and the other being Amy’s diary entries prior to her disappearance.Honestly that’s all you should know about the book in terms of plot because it’s a wild ride from there.

Initial Thoughts

Again, the beginning was brutal because it was mostly the background of Nicks and Amy’s marriage. From when they first met, their families, their jobs, their financial troubles, it was difficult to get through most of those part because I simply didn’t care. I wanted to get into the nitty gritty, the investigation! It took about 150 pages to get to that and it was so excruciating, Again, it took me literal YEARS to complete this book,

When we got more into the investigation, when more secrets were revealed, that’s when the novel truly became a page turner. We learn more about the characters, main and side, and everyone’s true intentions. We think we know a character but they do something so shocking that changes everything.

It’s difficult to talk about this book without spoiling because so much happens in the second half but I don’t want to give much away.

The Characters

The characters is what really makes the novel shine. Nick is the one of the most unlikable characters in the story and a little bit of an unreliable one at that. His reactions to his wife going missing is sketchy (smiling during a press conference about the case) and his behavior is questionable (constantly lying to the police). Of course Nick is going to claim that he had nothing to do with his wife being missing but as the reader, we question his real story. Also, to be frank, Nick is honestly just an asshole. He talks badly about women and is not afraid to call them every sexist name in existence. He says he’s misogynistic to one woman but the way he mentions any woman is very negative and cruel. It was really difficult to fully root for him.

Amy is a character that was also hard to particularly love. Amy is famous from the Amazing Amy books that her family created. She’s ultimately is a privileged white woman who complains that her family is taking away her trust fund since they ran out of money. I mean, I get she might be a little salty because the family profited on her existing through the Amazing Amy books but it was still just annoying. Other secrets are also revealed in the novel and I will just say she is a big time narcissist.

We also have Nick’s sister Margo aka Go who also develops nicely. Then there are the  detectives of the case and we wonder if they are the good or bad guys. We have a bunch of other side characters/suspects with questionable integrity. Overall, it was a nice cast of characters who were all developed to have some type of unique role in the story, both little and big.

A Few Negatives (super brief because spoilers)

The inconsistencies in characterization: We are told some characters act a certain way but near the end,they totally change abruptly. We are not really given much of a reason why they do change so that was kind of confusing.

The ending:  The ending was…weird. It went by a little too fast. Wish there was a little bit more of an explanation so that I can understand more of the decisions that were made.

Nick’s father: At least in my opinion, he provided nothing to the story both plot and character wise. I think I get why he might have been added but the execution was just poor.He was just underdeveloped and he could have probably just been written out completely and nothing in the story would have changed.

The Twists

Based on Nick’s character, one of the main twist wasn’t that surprising. Nick mentions the ever so popular “it’s always the husband” cliche/trope but another popular trope also presented itself in the story as well. The biggest twist actually took me by surprise! I feel like it’s one of those things that maybe I should have known based on past reviews and people’s overall attitude towards certain characters but all those hints went completely over my head.

Some Memorable Themes

Marriage Dynamics: What this book does well is dive into the complications of marriage dynamics. Amy is more into adventure while Nick rather stays put. Amy is more of a problem solver while Nick is a problem avoider or rather do stuff easy way. In their younger years, Amy didn’t work that much because of her wealthy family but Nick reveals he had 3-4 jobs at age 14  to help provide for his struggling family. From these contradictions, it’s difficult to see how these two people could connect in a personal level. The book shows the clashing of Nick and Amy because of their differences but Flynn also reveals some type of common ground that makes it work in a unique way (is it healthy? That’s the reader to decide).

Reality vs Fantasy: The characters struggle between the difference of reality and fantasy, especially with Nick and Amy. Both characters paint a different picture on what their marriage was really like (hens again, both unreliable characters) and it was interesting to see their own perceptions and experiences. Even the reader is tricked from time to time on what’s real and what’s deceiving.

Final Thoughts

I can see why people may think this is Flynn’s best work. It’s different from her other mystery thrillers and the ending was definitely out of the ordinary. I liked it but from the slow beginning and the minor flaws this was not my favorite. I  still highly recommend, the writing was still great, the characters were three dimensional and the twists were o point. I’m now a Gillian Flynn completest and I will say she’s one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to see what she writes in the future!

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FRIDAY READS|MAY 24 2018

Do people still do these?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyways, I work this entire weekend but I still want to get some reading done. Here are the books that I plan on reading this week!

Also, I am preparing for June where my blog will solely focus on PRIDE related content so watch for that post in the future!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (On Page 250)

Gone Girl

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Thoughts so far: Although this is taking me absolutely forever to finish this book, I’m still enjoying it so far! All I know is that both Nick and Amy are batshitwild. Can’t wait to see how it ends

Little & LionLittle and Lion by Brandy Colbert (Audiobook)

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

Thoughts so far:  I literally only listen to 5 minutes so I don’t have any thoughts so far :/.

There are other books I’m looking at right now but these are the ones I’m for sure going to read this week. I really want to finish Gone Girl because it’s definitely been long overdo. Thank God for audiobooks since I have a pretty busy week!

What are you reading this week?

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag 2.0

I’ve been giving a lot of two stars to books as of lately so I’m just gonna cleanse my hate. I wasn’t tag so oops.

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

Alright so I read books 1-2 and I actually enjoyed myself reading these. Chaol was my everImage result for throne of glass seriesything and I was looking forward to Heir of Fire. Hell, I bought the book at Barnes and Noble and that shit was expensive. But when I read like the first quarter I was B.O.R.E.D. Then I tried reading the Assassin’s Blade and I was like “why does this exist?” I took a break and then like 3 years later I still never continued, I got rid of the books, and I don’t miss it because I heard the author shits on all the OG characters so nope I’m good. I didn’t really like anybody but Chaol anyway :/ Also, the author’s rep isn’t that good anymore too so yup bye.

25701463I had very high hopes for this one but was extremely disappointed. The main character loved girl hate way too much and was petty for no reason.

 

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE.

26025580This has under a 3.5 star rating on Goodreads and I’m not sure why. Do I give Gillian Flynn too much credit for her work? Perhaps. But I loved this little short story. I read it super fast and I was wrong about the plot twist. I love how GF makes fun of the paranormal genre in this book. I would recommend but I feel like I’m the minority in this one yikes

 

A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

13597723I can shit on this series for days. The love triangle in this is soooooooooo dumb. I hated the main character, I hated both of the guys, both sides were full on insta love. I usually don’t mind love triangles and insta love but god damn this was all trash.

 

 

POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO.

Sarah J Maas and John Green (old answer but still true)

A Genre You Hardly Reach For

This always changes. I feel like I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy or at least any good fantasy. I also don’t read a lot of historical fiction. I wanna change that though so any recs for fantasy and historical fiction would be nice!

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

I have so many okay okay. The Ineffective/Horrible Therapist like bye. We should not be promoting that thank you very much. Also, Love Cures Mental Illness. Gee why am I majoring in Psych if mental illness already has a fucking cure. Also, I still hate the whole characters withholding information crap to protect other characters. SO unnecessary. I basically hate all the black tropes {my post here}.

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.

Image result for a court of thorns and roses seriesMy friends in the real world keeps telling me to read this but I’m like NOO THIS DOESN’T INTEREST ME LEAVE ME ALONE YOU CAN READ AND LOVE THIS AND I’M GLAD YOU DO BUT STOP FORCING THIS SHIT ON ME THANK YOU

 

TAG YOU’RE IT…YEAH YOU!

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Febuary Wrap-Up|No Bad Books Month

I had a pretty bad month when it comes to my mental state but I still ended up reading 4 books. Despite me wanting to read more, I’m still happy because I read somee awesome books

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Least Favorite Book: Tiny Pretty Things (gave it 3 stars though)

New Authors ReadMia McKenzie  Sona Charaipotra  Dhonielle Clayton  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

New Authors I want to continue reading: All of them!

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 4

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 4

Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 0

Number of YA: 2

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 0

Number of Short Story Collections: 2

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 2

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 0

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 0

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Here We Are| Tiny Pretty Things|Black Girl Dangerous

Mini Reviews

Nada

TV/Movie Reviews

Nada:(

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read at least 2 books
  • Blog more like WAY more
  • Do my 200 follower giveaway

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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Types of Memes Book Tag

Is it bad that I remember all these memes when I was younger? Thank you @Icebreaker694 for tagging me in their original tag. This tag was meant for me since I’m a lover of memes (if you follow me on twitter, that’s all is on my personal feed)

Rules:

  • Pingback to creator (Icebreaker694) ALWAYS!
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and thank them.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Provide a meme for each question.
  • Tag 7+ people, don’t kill the tag!

GRUMPY CAT” —A BOOK YOU HAVE NEGATIVE FEELINGS ABOUT.

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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Ugh, I have several reasons why I despised this book including the characters, the cheating, the slut shaming, the possessiveness. Definitely not a great reading experience  .

 

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“WHAT IF I TOLD YOU” — A BOOK YOU SPOILED FOR YOURSELF.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

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I was a bit late to the Hunger Games hype and so after I finished reading Catching Fire, I was kind of over it and looked up what happens on Wikipedia (despite the fact that I read it anyways).

 

 

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“I DON’T ALWAYS MAN” — A BOOK YOU DON’T ALWAYS LIKE, BUT WHEN YOU’RE READING IT YOU DO.

The Ramona Quimbly Series by Beverly Cleary

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Reading these as a kid, I absolutely adored these books. I believe I read them all. However, thinking about it now, these books were just okay and Ramona was kind of a brat.

But I still enjoy this series because it’s ridiculous and entertaining!

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“90’S SPIDERMAN” — A GOOD CLASSIC OR RETRO BOOK THAT’LL NEVER GET OLD.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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When I’m at home, I always go look at the passages and quotes I tabbed. I don’t know why but I really love this book and it’s one of my all time favorites. The themes of innocence and death colliding is haunting but compelling.

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“MARCHING BAND MEMES” — A BOOK THAT’S VERY RELATABLE.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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I was really at a dark time when reading this and I related to the main character a whole lot. Although it’s humorous, all what the character went through in the book is what I went through and still struggling with.

 

 

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“DEMOTIVATIONAL” —A BOOK THAT YOU’VE SEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I mean, the book hasn’t even come out yet and it already has a 4.7 rating on Goodreads. This is everyone’s most anticipated book, including mine, and I can’t wait to read it!!!

 

 

 

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“YOU DON’T SAY” —A PREDICTABLE BOOK.

The Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles

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An okay YA contemporary series I read years ago.

 

 

 

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“ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY” — ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY BINGE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. (A BOOK YOU BINGE READ.)

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Again, every tag I do, I mention my queen. I read Dark Places in one sitting and I love love LOVED it. It’s my favorite by her because I love stories about controversial cases. Libby was such an intriguing character and so were the side characters that we were introduced to. Highly Recommend!

 

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“CHEMISTRY CAT”— A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

None of the Above by I.W Gregorio

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I learned a lot about intersex from this book. It’s extremely educational and the author clearly put in a lot of research. Not the best story plot wise, but if you wanna learn what intersex actually is, I recommend None of the Above.

 

 

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“PET MEMES” — A BOOK THAT’S JUST REALLY ADORABLE.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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I just recently finished this book and I’m still thinking about how amazing Aristotle and Dante were. I just loved their relationship. I read this on audiobook and I’m pretty sure people gave me weird stares since I was smiling A LOT (listen to this on my way to classes)

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TAG YOU’RE IT

Charlotte @charlotteannelise.

Emma @theyahunt

ZeZee @zezeewithbooks

Nicole @bibliophilium

abookathoughtblog

Keeana @keeanareads

Jess @beaucoupbooksblog

And anyone else who wants to do this tag!!!

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January Wrap-Up|Success!

Well, this month was a pretty good reading month for me. I read a total of 10 books!

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GENERAL
Favorite Book: Difficult Women by Roxane
Least Favorite Book: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
New Authors Read: Roxane Gay, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, R.J. Palacio, Meredith Russo, I.W. Gregorio, Alice Pung
New Authors I want to continue reading: Roxane Gay, Alice Pung

READING CHALLENGES
Number of “Diversity” Books Read: 7
Number of #OwnVoices Read: 5
Number Books Completed for Classic Life Challenge: Nada oops

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ
Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 1
Number of YA: 6
Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 3
Number of Classics: 0
Number of Short Stories/Novellas:1
Number of Short Story Collections: 2
Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 6
Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 2
Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 2
Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

Falling Kingdoms Books 1-3|None of the Above|If I Was Your Girl|Wonder|The Naturals|Lucy and Linh|The Thing Around Your Neck

Mini Reviews

The Bad, The Good, The Great|#Diverseathon Wrap Up

TV/Movie Reviews

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • Read more Mystery/Thriller books
  • Read Books by Black Authors and Books with Black protagonists (black history month)
  • Read a classic from my Classic Life Challenge {here}
  • Keep up with blogging at least 3x a week (I did everyday in January!)

 

 

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello all,

I’m here to do another tag today! I was tagged by @thebookcovergirls

Let’s get right to it!



Image result for ebook photoEbooks or Physical Books?

Ebooks… overdrive is my best friend

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback. Cheaper and easier to read from

Online or in-store book
shopping?

In-store. Shopping at Barnes and Noble prevents me from binge buying because it’s expensive. I usually only buy one paperback.

Trilogies or series?

Series.

Image result for voldemortHeroes or villains?

Villains.

A book you want everyone to read?

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

25695574Recommend an underrated book.

Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung {Review}

The last book you finished?

Shadowshapers by Daniel Jose Older

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

I don’t use a lot of bookmarks (I dog ear books whoops call me guilty!). The only weird thing I can think of is a pencil.

Used books, yes or no?

Yes, I love cheap books

Top three favorite genres?

Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy, Philosophy (I don’t know if that counts we will just go with it)

Borrow or buy?Image result for overdrive

Borrow. Like I said, Overdrive is my best friend. Free books, new and old and I get to keep them for 21 days! Best app ever!

Characters or plot?

I need a plot lmao.

Long or short book?

Short.

Long or short chapters?

Short. I hate long chapters

Image result for and then there were noneName the first three books you think of.

Dark Places,

And Then There Were None

Crooked Kingdom

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, I love a giggle.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional

Image result for audiobooksAudiobooks: yes or no?

Not a fan but has used them a couple of times

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Yeah. If a book cover

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Movie

Image result for percy jackson seriesSeries or standalone?

Series


TAG YOU’RE IT

@slipintobooks

Louise @geniereads

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