Thursday, 28 October 2010

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by. J. McGregor

Hm ... well to be honest: Nobody speaks of remarkable things. Throughout 99% of the book. It's just plain boring.
The main character is a girl who becomes pregnant after a one night stand and has now problems to tell people about it. She also meets a boy who is the twin brother of a boy who used to live in the same street as her.
Now on this street something happens! You won't find out till you have reached the last 10 pages. All the pages before? Well, they introduce all the people who live there, tell their more or less 'dramatic' live stories, and show you a normal day in the suburbia of a bigger city.
The problem I had with this book (except it being really boring) is the style of the main character. I'm not sure what the intention was actually, either trying to be really artisticky or just really annoying. There are pages with every sentence starting with "I" ... there is like no flow of the story ... and as soon as someone else wants to say something there is "He/she says ...." ALL THE TIME SOMEBODY SAYS SOMETHING! REALLY? Which is weird, because the way I read it, I thought she would give us her current live as well as the story of what happened in the street some years ago ... they read very different (but both kind of annoying), so maybe I just didn't get it??
But to put it into Mr McGregors words (one of the character's): If nobody speaks of remarkable things, how can they be called remarkable?

Well ... I just finished it 10 minutes ago and am still not sure if the fight through boringness was worth the end of the story (which was good) or if I should have just stopped reading it after the 1st 20 pages.

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