Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

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The Fat Girl

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Jeff Lyons can’t stand Ellen de Luca, the fat girl in his ceramics class. She’s huge, clumsy, can’t throw a pot to save her life, and stares at Jeff all the time. But he’s a “nice guy” and feels terrible when Ellen overhears his hurtful remarks about her. The “crumbs of kindness” he tosses her way soon turn into advice on weight loss, college, clothes, hair . . . and, to everyone’s surprise, good-looking Jeff actually dumps his pretty girlfriend to be with the fat girl! Re-creating Ellen is a labor of love, Jeff thinks. But as her pounds melt away, Jeff resents the happy, independent young woman he has unleashed. Where is the gratitude for all he’s done for her?

With this darkly ironic take on the classic Pygmalion tale, Marilyn Sachs offers young readers a candid portrayal of what happens when the intoxicating thrill of control is confused with love.

Thoughts:

The Fat Girl was published in 1984. It’s older than I am, but as I was reading it, I didn’t feel like I was reading a book published in the 80’s. The ‘darkly ironic’ take on Pygmalion was what initially drew me to this book. I absolutely adore Pygmalion (and My Fair Lady) I thought The Fat Girl was a quick and easy read, but I did have my issues with it. I shall try and explain my reasons why.

I found The Fat Girl actually quite a disturbing read in places. Jeff is a bit of an asshole character. He’s good looking and he knows it. Everyone knows it. He dates Ellen, a girl he has constantly called fat and noted several times that he feels disgusted by. The reason he dates her is purely for power. Ellen falls completely in love with him and can’t believe that he wants to spend time with her of all people. Jeff can manipulate Ellen. He tells her what to wear, what to eat, how to wear her make up. He completely controls her which I found incredibly uncomfortable.

Jeff is a complex character. I think his controlling behaviour towards Ellen is down to the demons in his own personal life that he can’t control. Of course, this does not excuse the dominating and controlling behaviour, but the reader can began to understand but not excuse why Jeff is acting the way he does. Jeff is never physically aggressive to the people in his life, but we all know that sometimes emotional abuse can be more harmful. Jeff had good intentions to start with. He wanted to give Ellen more confidence in herself and for her to learn to stand up for herself. Ellen does completely change but she has enough confidence to do what she wants to do in the end and I think that’s a really positive thing!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- to some… This is an interesting read about controlling relationships, but it was uncomfortable in places and I can imagine it would be too much for some readers.

WWW Wednesday #74

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently 30 pages through my first zombie book! I’m enjoying Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. This is a book that is a brutally honest account of addiction. I thought it was a good read, but incredibly intense and heavy going. I’m pushing my review of this book forward, so it should be up within the next couple of days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’ve had this book on my kindle for a while and I’m finally going to get around to it. It’s a short read that is apparently reminiscent of Pygmalion.

What are you reading this week? As ever, let me know in the comments section below or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post. Happy Reading! 🙂