Reviews by Amanda G.
The toughest question you'll find is do you prefer black haired or blond Howl?
I borrowed this to take to a relative's house to scan old photo albums. The rest of the family were very impressed at the speed that I worked through scanning the books.
I accidentally read the last one in the series first, but thankfully there was enough tantalizing details to get the gist of the love stories of the three other sisters.
As for Josie herself, I'm glad to read of a heroine who is considered to be fat within her own time (though the cover art entirely misses the major motivations/psyche of the character). This is unusual for what I've read since most romance heroines are very slender.
I enjoyed the topsy-turvey lives of the multiple characters interacting and swapping partners. Though while I enjoyed the rival's surprise twist, at the same time, I feel kinda "meh" that outcome was used to explain her uh... "frigid" attitude towards her fiance.
The other major romance in the background was far more interesting than of Josie and her guy. Fortunately, about a third of the book was dedicated to that love affair.
I almost gave up on this one because it was gruesome, slow, and full of horrors. But I'm glad that I persisted through. Each step along the way is a surprise with never-ending agonies for the people to face. The ending is somewhat awful too in what it does to the characters involved. I somewhat don't want to read the sequel to find out how they sort themselves out of this mess.
The narrator of this book, Bruce, has an obsession. He lusts over Aviva, a new student at the elite Auburn boarding school. He yearns for the highly sexualized relationship he imagines Aviva has with her boyfriend, Seung. Bruce is a Holden Caulfield wannabe as a narrator. The same broken stream of thought. Is anything real? How much exactly is Bruce's imagination? It's difficult to tell in this novel. Bruce mimics Holden in his feel, but Holden was never this crass.
At the end of the novel, you have a sketchy idea of what the real events that transpired between Aviva and Seung. The rest is high school gossip and Bruce's frenzied imaginations of what sex is like between the couple.