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What I’m Reading
Finished LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD last week, and I’ve moved on to FEED, which I’m LOVING. Bloggers and zombies! It’s awesome!
As for LOVE LETTERS? Man, it’s a hard story to review…. it gets points for getting a reaction out of me, though it wasn’t always a positive one.
To begin with, I loved the PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER innocence of the book. The style felt honest in its teenage angst and passiveness.
I also adored Skylar — he’s a rarity among YA love interests in that he cares about Laurel’s wellbeing, and looks after her, in a way that goes above and beyond young love. He was an A+ dude all round, not beyond making mistakes but he always had a good reason for them.
But the second half of the book… damn, you guys. It got DARK. PERKS did the same thing, but this is a lot more graphic. It actually feels gratuitous: there’s so much of it, flooding in all at once with no real foreshadowing. It makes sense for the story but it was so unexpected…
I really didn’t pick up this book expecting graphic depictions of sexual abuse, and I feel like the level of detail was too much for a YA audience and far, far too triggering.
Laurel never really changes as a character, which is a shame: they mention this anger within her, and you occasionally see flashes of it in her thoughts, but she never acts on it and remains a massively passive lassie.
PROS: The book is well crafted, it’s beautifully written at points and the voice is strong.
CONS: I don’t think the passive, unchanging main character and graphic abuse fits a YA audience. It’s a very triggering novel, taking an unexpected swing from depression and loss to abuse
What I’m Writing
Still editing. I’ve been out for the count with illness, so it’s slow going, but I haven’t stopped moving forward so yaaay. :D
What Works For Me
Not too much to babble about today, just a reminder than slow progress is better than no progress.
Also, FILM CRITIC HULK’S dissection of The Hero’s Journey plot template and the flaws in how it’s use is amazing, and it’s my recommended reading for writers this week.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Not very much at all, just recovering from being sick. It’s very boring. I suggest you just scroll back up to that adorable turtle GIF.