Friday, April 16, 2010


Micha is a liar, but she's telling the truth now.  She swears she didn't kill her secret boyfriend, Zack and she doesn't know what happened.  She swears that's the whole truth, but is it? 
I don't read, but I do like libraries.  I like order, and libraries are all about order.  Every book has a place.  It's quiet, too: no music. p.99
I can't think how to say it nicely so I'll just say it.  This book is a mindf*#k.  I knew it was going to be before I started, but I had not contemplated exactly what that meant until I got to the end and was gasping at the sheer enormity of this book; the audacity, the craziness.  If you haven't read it, I highly recommend that you do.

I'm not sure what to say because I really don't want to spoil anyone.  This book would be no fun otherwise.  Well, a little fun, but it wouldn't be the same.  I am weirdly a fan of unreliable narrator books which is funny because they are no fun in real life.  But I digress.  Micah is a piece of work.  I felt so sorry for her, but at the same time, I almost couldn't stand her.  Larbalestier did a brilliant job of writing an almost sympathetic unreliable narrator.  She did a brilliant job of making me believe multiple things at once and of convincing me each and every time that she was telling the truth.  A-maz-ing.

*My opinion for everyone who has read the book which contains SPOILERS (highlight):
I think the whole book was a lie.  I'm not sure about what Micah and Zach's relationship was, but I wonder if they were in a relationship at all.  I think she killed him and is in prison and that the whole thing is what she wished would have happened.  Because I think she did love him, maybe as a girlfriend, maybe as a stalker and that her parents abandoned her in prison, but her biology teacher visits her. 

I recommend The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler if you like this book.  I recommend it no matter what in general because it is equally as brilliant.

Hogwarts: Defence Against the Dark Arts
Another Chance


  1. Well you already heard my thoughts via email so I won't repeat them here. Just wanted to say that DADA is the perfect Hogwarts category. :D I love that challenge!

  2. Amazing, I havent seen this book around in the shop, but I am going to search for it. It sounds really good, like you don't know if she's telling the truth and then bamn the truth comes out! I like the cover of this book!

    Great review!

  3. This sounds like a must read! Adding it to my list right now!

  4. I have this one, I think I NEED to sit down and read this one - WOW...sounds amazing!

  5. Amanda - Heh, I thought it was appropiate without giving too much away ;)

    Nina - Something like that. It's a great book.

    Buckeye Girl - Hope you like it.

    Jenn - Read it right away ;)

  6. Thanks for hiding the spoilers! I've heard great things about this book and you've reminded me that I do want to read this one!

  7. I'm a little late on this one ... but great review and I love how you hid the spoiler! I agree with your hidden comments. I think she never felt loved and that's sad. I feel bad for her but then again I think she brought it on herself. Also not to give anything away, but I think the animal is referring to the dark side she has.


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