Wednesday, March 30, 2016

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Product DetailsI read this book for my Goodreads reading challenge - task 20 a book with a first name in the title.   It had been on my TBR list for a while, and this finally encouraged me to get it done.

Wow.  Where to start.   I thought that book was going to spend more time talking about Kevin, it's sort of in the title.  Instead, it was a pity- party diatribe told from the mother's perspective.   She wasn't sure she wanted to get pregnant, she didn't love Kevin right away, he was a difficult child, he curtailed her lifestyle.... me, me, me.   I HATED her.   After listening to her whine for the course of the book,  I could totally understand how Kevin turned out the way he did and perhaps that was the point. 

The book was told exclusively through letters.  You don't really notice that but it is an interesting mechanism that the author chose to move the story.   There was an interesting though completely unrelated side story being told about the 2000 Presidential Election.   It seemed odd but perhaps it served to remind the reader of the mood of the country at the time that "Thursday" was supposed to have taken place.

I gave it two stars.   It really didn't do a thing for me and I was deeply disappointed in the book.   :(  I hate when that happens.

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