|The Virgin Suicides Plot Summary|
This book was written very well. Very descriptive, a little wordy, author got off topic at times, but good. Other than being sad, which with a title like that you shouldn't expect anything different, I enjoyed the majority of the book and finished it in about a day. There is no foreplay in the beginning you get about 1/2 chapter of description and bam! You basically hit the ground running with this one. The middle of the story I found a little annoying only because I was screaming at the parent characters "Are you morons?!" it is basically a manual for what not to do with your teenagers at a time of tragedy. I did get invested in the girls which I believe is a sign of a good book. I do not mean to offend anyone but the parents went about things in all the wrong ways. The dad tried but he let the wife make the ill-advised decisions. They may have had good intentions but they managed to make things so much worse. Good read but I don't suggest it for the emotionally unstable especially if it's a youngish person who can relate to any of the characters. Am I saying this book will incite suicide in the youth of our readers? No I'm not, but let's not add fuel to a fire.
One of the oddest things about this book is what I found in it. Like I said I bought this from Half priced books meaning it was used. I found a hand written note in the front that said "Chris I want you to have this. For when we fall to pieces. I love you, wholly -Kerry 1/27/2006" There were various passages underlined throughout the book, some were very odd. I can't decide if the person was trying to explain something or justify something, I can only hope they didn't take a page from the suicide playbook.
Rating ~ 3