Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In Which I Trounce GONE GIRL!

Ugh.

OK, so there's backstory here. My book club (with Trish!) read this book a few months ago. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish the book by the time the group met. BUT I attended anyway. Mistake! While the whole book wasn't ruined for me, I learned a lot about the plot.

The twists are far less twisty when you already know in detail how absolutely frackin' psycho Nick and Amy Dunne are!

But everyone kept talking about the ending. The sometimes-labeled-as-unsatisfactory ending. I like twisty. I like ambiguous. I didn't think I'd have a problem with it.

Verdict: The ending sent me into a cursing rage.

Ugh.

Anyway, Nick and Amy Dunne look perfect. Amy disappears on their 5th wedding anniversary. Nick looks totally guilty as portrayed by the media and Amy's diary. Yadda yadda. Not everything is as it seems. REALLY not what it seems.

All that would've been fine if it wasn't such a slog. I found both Nick and Amy so repulsively ooky and crackpotty that I had a hard time enjoying the book. While I don't like my characters syrupy sweet and doing nothing, I like to be able to root for someone. AT SOME POINT! But I wanted both of these characters to go up in flames. A lot. And then it ended. And I wanted to strangle them. And the book. And throw it under a garbage truck. And take a shower.

Yeah.

Rating:
Snuggle -- Skewer (Impale, more like.)

Pub. Date: June 2012
Publisher: Crown
Format: E-book
ISBN-13: 9780307588364
Source: Paid for and downloaded by moi.


49 comments:

  1. I'm all for throwing books under garbage trucks! Haha. I'm like the last person on earth that hasn't read this or anything else by Gillian Flynn, but your review makes me want to pick it up so I can feel justly outraged as well. I'm in the mood for a book to piss me off - if that makes sense. It's been too long since I threw a book against the wall in utter disgust!

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    1. YES!!! I totally get ya, Brooke. It's been a while since a book pissed me off this much. In fact, the last under-a-garbage-truck book I read might've been Of Mice and Men in the early 2000s. Eeeek!

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  2. I think the midpoint really kills this one...

    *SPOILER*
    Her escape and then the ridiculous situation that ensues when she is kept in that guys creepy mansion in the woods.

    I hated them too and got a lot of negative feedback when I blogged the fact. I can understand that it was quite different than typical thrillers and etc., but I still hated everyone involved. And the ending was RIDICULOUS. But also appropriate because the whole thing was.

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    1. Beth, YES YES YES! To all of it. Was just so damn over the top. Sensational even. I do wonder if I would've felt differently if I'd known less, but I don't think so. Ridiculous is a good word.

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  3. Geez, this book pissed me off. Especially that completely UGH ending. I had to take a long, hot bath after this one.

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    1. Amen sister. I think the biggest problem I have with it, and this is me after the ranting...is that there's no nuance. There's nothing crafty about it. It's just ALL THE BAD PEOPLE DOING ALL THE BAD THINGS. I like to have to work a little harder, I guess.

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    2. ITA! At first, I thought Flynn was doing interesting things, like how the media influences public perceptions of suspects, and victims, but then I just felt assaulted by all the gratuitous violence, mind-fuckery (or attempts thereof), and the just total descent into...just seeing "how much can I fuck with you" by Flynn. It's just so damn, and pointlessly, manipulative.

      Great. Now I need another bath. Maybe after I write my own review. You got my juices flowing!

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    3. Yes! Gratuitousness everywhere!!! The "how screwed up can this be" syndrome! Can't wait to read your review!

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  4. LOL! I decided a while ago that this was one of those books that I was going to pass on. You're just confirming my judgement call. :-)

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  5. Haha! I'm with Melissa. I decided it probably wasn't my thing and I'm glad you wanted to . . . do all that. To the book. And yourself. Did that come out wrong?

    Let's start over. Thank you. Will avoid. Thanks also for the laugh because that last paragraph totally made my day.

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    1. LOL, Nancy! I'm glad that last bit made you giggle. Made me feel better writing it! :D

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  6. Seems like people either love this book or hate it. I have been debating whether or not to read it, but your review has completely sealed the deal for me. I want nothing to do with it, lol!

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    1. Oh come on, Melissa!!! If you love it, you love it. If you hate it we can complain together! ;) Just kidding. Mostly. Sorta.

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  7. I don't know what to think about this one but I should find out soon. My book club is reading it in February.

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    1. Cool! Can't wait for your thoughts, Kathy!

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  8. You make me so intimidated and leary of finishing the book, girl! And you said I had to! You and Bryan and Trish ganging up on me. Sigh. Bryan says once I get to about page 150 I won't be able to put it down. Struggling to get to that point though. Slog is right. I heard it was worth it and then YOU, missy, you come out with this I am unsatisfied with the ending and wanted to skewer the book! I don't want to have that happen! *nervously nibbles fingernails*

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    1. LOL, I did not intend to intimidate you. I REALLY want to know what you have to say about it, Becca. And you're right -- once you turn that corner a lot of twistiness happens. And I was totally surprised at my own reaction to the ending. All the more reason I want to know what you think! :D

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  9. Hahhaha, I'm coming prepared to hate them. I know they are both hateful and horrid, and I am hoping I can get past that and enjoy all the wackadoo plot turns anyway.

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    1. LOL, they're a-holes. Srsly. Enjoy ALL the wackadoo. There's a lot of it.

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  10. This reminds me of how I felt reading both Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary. I just kept screaming "Oh please die already!!!" They were both just so terrible and I hated all the characters. Even worse: Lady Chatterly's Lover, which was so horrible that I literally stopped reading only 2-3 chapters before it ended, because I just didn't care what happened...

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    1. Ohhh, yes, I remember how much you disliked Karenina and Bovary. I didn't dislike them nearly as much as I disliked Nick and Amy. I think the contemporary setting has something to do with that for me. I can relate to them more, thus making them all the slimier.

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  11. Yeah, I definitely despised them both, too. My book club is discussing this next month, so I'm going to skim through it to refresh my memory. I'm curious to see how much knowing the plot ahead of time will affect my interest in the book.

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    1. Emily, this is a great book club choice. I will say that. It's interesting to get everyone's individual take on the badness of this couple and their demented deeds.

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  12. Agreed. On every point. Gone Book.

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  13. I'm so sad for you that the twisty twists were not so twisty to you! I was TOTALLY surprised by them all. And I LOVED how messed up and twisted the ending was, which I know that many people disliked. But I prefer a non-Hollywood ending, like this one.

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    1. Rebecca, I usually prefer non-Hollywood, too. Under normal circumstances I think I would've liked the ending, but the characters were so far over the top with their disgustingness. The most recent book that made me feel similar was Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Those folks were all cracked too, but not quite so violent/horrible about it. lol

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  14. I actually only skimmed this review because I totally plan on reading this and I am trying so very very hard to know as much nothing as possible going in.

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    1. Trisha, must know your thoughts when you finish.

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  15. Hmmm.... I can't disagree with you about the characters and the disturbing ending, and yet I was still glued to the book. I really liked the way it was written, and even thought it had some interesting things to say about relationships and marriage. In a really dark way.

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    1. It definitely did. I cannot deny that it had some darkly fascinating points about marriage: putting on our most perfect faces before the fact, the way we age in a relationship, etc. Still wanted to slap 'em all.

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  16. I already wasn't going to read this one but I'm glad that I will only be missing a heap of annoyance. I love that it got two "Ugh"s out of you. :)

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    1. LOL, it was ugh-worthy. I considered putting in more. ;)

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  17. Finally someone who doesn't like it. <3

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    1. LOL, did you dislike it, Tasha? Or are you avoiding it completely?

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  18. I think it's really great when it happens that when you think you are the only one in the universe who doesn't like a book and you come out and admit it, and then all of the sudden all sorts of people come out of the woodwork who agree! I love that because it really is intimidating to give a negative review to a book everyone loves, and it's great to feel validated! :--)

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    1. It can be intimidating. I guess when I dislike a book this much I prefer to inject humor into my nasty review instead of a seriously nasty and calculating review. Of course, it's also rare I dislike a book as strongly as I disliked this one! lol

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  19. I enjoyed this book, but I enjoy your reaction to it even more! I liked the cleverness of it and the abrupt twists. I don't think it ever rose to anything beyond a fun fast read. (Kind of a reverse Mr.and Mrs. Smith).But somewhere I stopped thinking about Nick and Amy and started thinking about Flynn. I felt it became too much of a vehicle for Flynn to show just how twisted and twisty she could be at the end.

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    1. LOL, thanks, Barbara! And yes, I know exactly what you mean about thinking about Flynn rather than the characters. It seemed like an exercise in "what can I do to these characters now" and "how over the top can this be."

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  20. Ha ha ha! I love this review Andi! I totally understand why you thought what you did and why you wanted to chuck the book across the room ;)I enjoyed the ride while I was reading this. But the end? The end made me lose my ever lovin' mind!

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    1. Thank you, thank you. lol Yeah, I just don't know what to say. I don't hate an ending that much ever.

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  21. BUT, it made you mad, so it must be KINDA good, maybe...?

    Hahaha, that's just the crazy Gone Girl fangirl inside me talking. It is kind of refreshing to read a bad review of this one once in a while!

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  22. I really liked this one, but I knew nothing about the book going in, and I ABSOLUTELY HATED Nick and Amy. They were such f-ed up people, and while this was a choice for my book club, it was totally a crazy meeting, with people talking to each other over one another and everyone hating the ending. I hated it too. Give me some justice...and the frozen pee? Ugh, ugh, ugh!!!

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  23. We're probably in the minority not loving this book, but from other commenters, it looks like we're not alone. The ending really pissed me off. I was kind of okay with the book until the last third when everything was taken to the next level of crazy psycho. As a woman and particularly a mother, Amy's last game was so wrong it made me feel sick. I shut the book just feeling really icky.

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  24. Hahaha - I love it when Andi gets mad at a book. =) Now I almost HAVE to read it, just because it's THAT irritating.

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    1. So, I just quit reading this book, because I disliked it THAT much. Apparently there IS such a thing as too much crazy.

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  25. It was warped for sure. I didn't like the ending either and don't have plans to read the next one.

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  26. Yikes, I'm scared to read this one now! My book club picked Sharp Objects for our discussion tonight. I read that one some months ago and got Gone Girl because it received rave reviews, for the most part. I am thinking it can sit on the shelves a little longer now...

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