Challenge #3 ~ “A book you meant to read in 2016.”
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
My opinion in three sentences:
This is a book that has been widely regarded among booklrs, and as a Goodreads Choice Award nominee, I thought it would live up to the hype (and it felt like it might at the start!) The second-half, however, was nugatory with the ending being particularly poor and convenient. I didn’t feel Aysel was a realistic character, which was wholly disappointing from a novel grappling with difficult themes of arranged suicide and mental illness.
(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:
Aysel (the protagonist) is far from the most uplifting or optimistic protagonist in a novel, but Warga managed not to provide her with an irritating or whiny voice, making it easier to connect with the plot and the characters.
A warning for the book:
It goes downhill very quickly to an ending that is entirely too convenient, easy and cliche.
Recommended for fans of:
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- Undone by Cat Clarke
- Everneath by Brodi Ashton