I had no idea what to expect. As a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events(which you should know by now is Daniel Handler's series under the pseudonym of Lemony Snicket), I was expecting something similar. As a gift to myself for my 17th birthday, I bought a copy off of Amazon. When it finally arrived, I began reading, appaled at the subject matter.
This book is very shocking in it's [...]descriptions of Joseph's encounters with Cyn, Mimi, Lauren, and Allyson. Therefore, discretion is advised when buying this book. Parents, this is an ADULT BOOK and is not suitable for children.
On that note, the book is from Joseph's perspective. He is a senior at Mathers University. His girlfriend, Cyn(short for Cynthia, but the short version is humorous dramatic irony), and him go to Pittsburgh(with an 'H'), Pennsylvania to spend the summer with Cyn's family, the Glasses. Ben Glass and Mimi Glass are Cyn's parents, and Stephen is her brother.
The book is split into two sections. The first section is very sexual and very sane. I chose 'sane' because the second half is when Joseph thinks that he is losing his mind and killing the Glasses.
I would give more details about the two, but it would ruin the book.
To me, I felt like it had a surprise ending. When Joseph thinks that he is a murderer and that he imagined incest within the Glass family, he accidentally stumbles upon an old "friend" who confirms his sanity.
Everywhere that Joseph goes, coincidence follows. He just HAPPENED to go to Pittsburg(without an 'H'-in California?) where Stephen Glass fled to, as well. He just HAPPENED to find Ben Glass doing a New Self seminar in a magazine after calling a disconnected line supposedly connected to Ben. He just HAPPENED to get a job at Vast, where a horror from his past arose.
The book is amazing. I can't wait to read The Basic Eight.
Highly recommended for mature readers.
- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (1 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312209401
- ISBN-13: 978-0312209407
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 413 g
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