I just wanted to let everyone know that I am hosting a giveaway for 3 copies of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg! The giveaway is on my new blog. ;)
First of all, Happy New Year! After posting yesterday (well two days ago now), I decided to switch to blogger. Please update all your links, follow me, and most importantly help spread the word! Thanks! :)
So, I’m considering making the switch to blogger, but I’m still not fully convinced. I was wondering if the blogger users could tell me why they like blogger. WordPress users can also tell me why they like wordpress. If I do make the change, I have no idea when it will occur (even though Jan. 1 is quite fitting). Thanks!
When Ethan Whitley’s mom gets cancer, his parents believe it’s best he goes somewhere far for his senior year of high school. Thus, Ethan leaves California for the prestigious Berkley Academy. Before long, Ethan realizes he does not fit in. Then he meets Todd Eldon, a fellow classmate and Hannah McLellan, a seductive teacher.
When Todd Eldon and his girlfriend break up, Todd befriends Ethan. The school knows Ethan as the strange kid from California. Soon, the two become friends. Todd, however, realizes that he starts developing feelings for Ethan, but how could Todd ever compete with Hannah. Not too mention, Ethan is not gay.
Together, Ethan and Todd go through their senior year of high school, a time of change and discovery.
The Sixth Form is difficult novel to review. I enjoyed reading it, but looking back Tom Dolby could have delved so much into the characters, plot, etc. Dolby had a great start to all of his characters, but unfortunately it was only a start. I really would have liked to know more development from Ethan and Todd. Todd’s homosexuality never seemed like a main focus, even though Todd was definitely struggling with it. Ethan’s relationship with Hannah was interesting at first, but then I kind of pitied him. Hannah, who is in her 30s, more than took advantage of Ethan. Eventually, Ethan does end things (I’d call this a spoiler, but come on, you had to see that one coming!), but this was not near as satisfying as I thought it would be. Throughout the novel, Dolby hints about Hannah’s past. By the end of the novel, readers know about most of her past, but certainly not all of it. I found myself craving to learn more, but I just did not get that.
Having said all that, The Sixth Form was not really that bad of a novel. The book was pretty easy to get into, and the content itself was not the problem. The lack of content was the problem. Dolby set out to create a heartfelt coming-of-age story, but it feels like he got tired halfway through, so his greatness never truly materialized. Overall, however, I can certainly see myself reading more from him. I actually have The Secret Society, and I look forward to reading it, so there you go. :P
I recommend this novel if you are looking for a coming-of-age story.
Esther Greenwood is a young woman growing up in the 1950s. She is beautiful and talented, but unfortunately she only realizes her flaws. Eventually, these flaws add up, from not getting chosen for a writing workshop to not wanting to marry the man who loves her. Esther feels that she will never be able to live up to people’s expectations which causes her to be depressed. When Esther’s suicide attempt fails, she is admitted into a mental asylum. Will Esther be able to once and for all move on by finally lifting the bell jar or will the bell jar ultimately trap her, causing infinite misery?
The Bell Jar follows Esther’s descend into a mental collapse, which reflects Sylvia Plath’s own life. As you have probably guessed by now, this is not a book that will put you in a cheerful mood. Instead, readers will find themselves in a rather bleak mood. One of the most harrowing parts of the novel is knowing that Plath used Esther to reflect her own life. Reading a story about a depressed woman is sad enough, but reading a true story about a depressed woman who later committed suicide is beyond sad.
Throughout the novel, Plath’s writing is sporadic. Esther frequently changes topics, and this gives readers an insight look at Esther’s insanity. Plath also did not hold back anything to readers. For me, the most revealing part of the novel was after Esther’s “meeting” with the math professor. Even right now, I am not quite sure why Plath felt it necessary to go into details about Esther’s after-experience. Anyway, overall I enjoyed The Bell Jar, but I do not think I will ever read it again.
If you have been looking for female version of Holden Caulfied, then Esther Greenwood is your match.
First of all, I wanted to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! :) Usually, Youtube Connection is a Thursday feature, but since I chose a Christmas-themed book/video, I decided to move it to Friday, to coincide with Christmas.
This week’s book is Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This week’s video is How the Grinch Stole Christmas (surprised, right?) narrated by Walter Matthau. Enjoy!