Rated of 5
There is not a single paragraph, line, or image in this book that is not a cliche. This is a typical MFA workshop trope- melodramatic, a POV no one will disagree with (rape is bad, as if we didn't already know), cardboard cut out characters, and just flat out dull, terrible, banal writing. If Sebold wanted her readers to sympathize, she should have 1st of all made a 14 yr old speak like one, and not in the drippings of a bad confessional poet. Secondly, the reason people like this dreck is because it agrees with their sentiment, but anyone who reads real literature with the capital "L" will see this for the crap it is. Sorry- the wannabe poet girl who reads the Bell Jar and wears all black and then surrenders her body for a half hour so the snoozer lead character, Susie, can enter her body and have sex with the first guy she kissed is one of the most stupid things I've read in a long, long while. And while we are on the topic, since when did an 14 yr old refer to a fellow sibling as having "creamy breasts", "Rose-petal shaped eyes"? Putting aside the fact that both those statements are cliches, I've never met a 14 yr old who spoke that way about her sibling. The sad thing is that I never, never would have allowed this junk to be published, and what is even sadder is that people think this is quality literature. And what really is the saddest thing of all- was this written by some angst teenager? (setting aside the fact that the prose is written on that of a junior-high level) no. Sebold was in fact well into her thirties when she penned this tripe. This is the sort of stuff you expect to see from melodramatic teenaged girls, not grown adults well nearing her forties, if in fact she's not there already.