Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Review: Gone Girl

Don't you hate when you read a book, especially a long one, and you're loving it; it's so amazingly holding your attention that you can barely put it down, and then you get to the end and it totally flops? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was that book.


It's a story about marriage at its rockiest. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy moves girl from NYC to dying Mississippi river town. Girl hates it. One day girl disappears.


As I said before, the story starts out well. I was compelled to pick it up any chance I got just to see what happened next. In the first section of the book, you aren't sure what happened to her. Is she still alive? Did her husband kill her? Did she run away? Did someone kidnap her? So many unanswered questions. I found myself unsure of who I was rooting for. You know what I mean, right? There's two sides, of course, and its usually easy enough to decide whose team you're on. But I found myself going back and forth the entire way through this book. I couldn't predict how it was going to turn out or who would "win."


But then, at the end of the first section, you get the big answer. You know what happened to her. And you're compelled to continue reading to figure out how the heck she's going to get out of the mess she's in. Because she is in a big mess. And he's in a big mess too. And all the little pieces unravel and squirm toward the end. And then, it just dies. No closure, one giant loose end just floating around out there. It's like it was hurling full speed toward a giant cliff and instead of something miraculous happening, it just falls of the edge.


I contemplated writing a further review below, but I don't think I want to. I don't think its worth my time because I'm kind of over being pissed off at this book. If you'd like to have a chat about it, feel free to leave a comment and we'll go to town on it.


Other than that, I do NOT recommend this book.


Has anyone else read this? Did you have a different opinion?

8 comments:

  1. I just am ... kind of obsessed with the cover of this book but I worry I'm going to feel just like you. It's gotten so much hype and what if it isn't really that good, or it makes me really angry. BAH. Maybe I should wait a while to read it. I wish I had read it though so I could chat with you about it : )

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  2. Well let me know if you do! And it's not that I didn't enjoy the book. I did. But it feels like such a waste when the end isn't good. That's all. I like the close the book for the last time and feel content. I certainly didn't with this one. My sister in law read it too...it was our book club book. I finished about 75 pages before her. Closed the book, looked at her and said "you need to finish so we can talk about this!" She texted me later "I want those hours of my life back."

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  3. Haha, I love what she said back to you. I do hate a bad ending. Is it a bad ending because it's sad or because you don't think it's the right ending? I HATE IT when I don't think it was the right ending.

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  4. It's because it just didn't really end. Issues were not resolved. It just felt like it was missing...something.

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  5. I just finished the book and hated the ending! You would think it would end cleverly.There were glimmers of hope that the real Amy would be caught, but it was just a tease! Even though Nick is a wuss at the end I still like the line he slammed her with!

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  6. Yea. It was just weak. His line was good though. I agree there.

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  7. I just finished reading it and I was like "What!?" I don't get it. Did he kill her, did she kill him, did they go on for years on end pretending they were in love? What happened to the baby? Did she ever get caught? Are we just supposed to wonder or did I miss some hidden meaning in there? It was a HORRENDOUS ending to an otherwise edge-of -your-seat (or pillow, in my case) read. Boo!

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  8. I know, right? All sorts of questions popped up at the end that were just never answered. It was irritating.

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