Thursday, November 8, 2012

Book Love: Gone Girl

Book Love is back with Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl: A Novel. I adored so many things about this book:

I loved how Flynn got me to change my opinion back and forth between so many of the characters. He's the good guy, no he's the bad guy. Gosh she's sweet, no I want to smack her. Back and forth. It's great when an author can pull at you like that.

There's something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.

I loved the writing, which is not something you usually find in a murder mystery. Gone Girl is filled with the kind of writing that make you think, yes-- I've danced around that thought before, I've felt that, and here it is perfectly articulated by someone else. I love, love that kind of writing. It never ceases to amaze me how my life can be so completely separate from someone else's-- a total stranger, and yet here they are with the same thought I've had at one time or another. It certainly makes the world seem a lot smaller. Just one of the many reasons I love to read.

Love makes you want to be a better man. 
But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.

I loved the twists and turns. I won't elaborate in case you haven't picked it up yet. But it's fun to be completely surprised in the middle of a story-- a few times!

There's no app for a bourbon buzz on a warm day in a cool, dark bar. 
The world will always want a drink.

The only thing I didn't love about this book? The ending. Which is heartbreaking of course, it just left me wanting more.

He was one of those guys who'd pronounce 
I'm a hugger as he came at you, 
neglecting to ask if the feeling was mutual.

Either way, it's worth reading.

I'm in a foreign land, trying to explain myself, 
trying to make myself known.
Because isn't that the point of every relationship: 
to be know by someone else, to be understood?
He gets me. She gets me.
Isn't that the simple magic phrase?

Have you read Gone Girl already? What did you think about the ending? What else are you reading and loving?


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