Overall rating: 2.5/5
Ok, so to be totally honest, I have no idea where the fuck to begin with this book. So this is just kind of a battery of comments:
1) I enjoyed July’s collection of short stories (No One Belongs Here More Than You). However, in contrast, I think this book tries wayyyyyy too hard to be edgy.
2) I would feel odd recommending this book because there is some very intense sexual shit that goes down and I think people would judge me for saying ”you’d like this!”
3) The story in and of itself is something that I cannot really relate to. It’s about a woman who likes a person on the board of her company, and he tells her he wants to have sex with a 16 year old and that he’s in love with her (he’s in his late 60s). Then, a girl (daughter of a person on the board at her job) moves in with her and they have a very strange intimate/violent relationship. They end up in a kind of lesbian affair, and the girl gets pregnant and they sort of take care of the kid together until the girl moves out. The protagonist in the novel is in her 40s and the girl is 21. So again, this theme of older folks getting with people significantly younger.
4) I found myself reading this book quickly to get through it.
5) The ending is lackluster and kind of a let down. After all the intense and bizarre drama, the ending just kind of falls flat.
6) I realize #3 is kind of hard to read and a little confusing, but I don’t want to reveal too much of what happens in the book. I hate spoiling shit.
7) I don’t think I liked the book that much because it was so convoluted and so bizarre that it seemed like there was a ton of focus on making the reader uncomfortable for no clear reason.
8) I am glad I borrowed this from the library.