Well hello there! And I know, I know, many of you are probably reading the title and are thinking you’ve stepped into a timewarp, because I have, apparently, been living under a rock until now and have only just read this book. Sure, we all have classics sitting on our tbrs, glaring accusatory up at us, waiting to be read, but I do really think I should have read this before now. I mean, c’mon, if you’ve read this book, you’ll know what I mean.
Anyway, onwards with the review. If the fact that it has taken me 24 years and 7 months to read this (though in fairness to me it’s only been published for 17 of those years…) hasn’t already shocked you to your core, then the fact that I didn’t expect much from this book shouldn’t leave you too traumatized. Perhaps it is due to being disappointed too many times by hyped books, perhaps it was that I had committed another cardinal sin and watched the movie first. Either way- I don’t know why it surprised me that I liked it, but it did.
But really- what is not to like about this book? It is beautifully written, hard hitting and very, very real. This book had me laughing and crying along the way. The wisdom in this book resonated right to the core of my being- and like all good books, it’s the kind of story that not only stays with you, but keeps offering more every time you think about it. The characterisation was perfect- realistic, striking and infinitely wonderful. Still it was not just the core characters that were fleshed out- minor figures in the story were equally striking (I feel obliged to point out, in the words of Holden Caulfield, Mary Elizabeth is a phony).
So what else is there to say other than go read it? For goodness sake, don’t make my mistake- pick it up without delay!!
Rating: 5/5 bananas
So have you read this book? What did you think of it? And what books have you delayed reading? Let me know in the comments!