Gone Girl.

Holy freaking balls. I can't even really greet you today - my mind is THAT messed up right now. You want to know why my mind is messed up? I'll give you a hint:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

That's right - a book. A freaking book has got me confused about life, staring at my cat with my jaw dropped, and generally shocked. Here's my problem - I get way too into books. I start to feel the emotions of the characters, and let me tell you - that can be exhausting. Especially when I've gotten myself into a book like this one (note: I was supposed to read this for book club in November, but JUST got it from the library).

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS. 

This book is classified as a thriller. Holy crap, did they get that one right! I started it on my lunch hour on Friday, and was super mad that I am incapable of finishing a 420 page book in a mere 45 minutes. I woke up on Saturday and wandered around my house wondering what I should do when I remembered the book. What a great way to spend my Saturday, right?!

WRONG.

My Saturday was spent feeling a crapload of emotions that weren't even my own. I went from being all happy hunky dory to pissed off at the world, hating Nick, thinking he was some sort of crazy schizophrenic batcase, to loving him and feeling sorry for him, to hating his freaking cheating and lying guts, to thinking, "Maybe he didn't do it." The exact same thing happened with Amy, except I eventually settled on, "OHMYGOSH I HATE THAT FREAKING MANIPULATIVE, LYING, PSYCHOPATH!!!"

In a matter of hours, I was physically exhausted from feeling so many emotions. I had to take a break after I found out that Amy was crazy enough to actually kill someone. Actually, this story is full of freaking crazies. I mean, Amy is obviously the craziest, but Nick? I mean, come on! Grow a pair, man! Instead of going back to your crazy wife, why don't you let her rot in prison for what she did to you? WHY ARE YOU PLAYING HER GAME?!?!?

Anyway... let me just touch on the end of the book before this review turns into a novel of its own. I didn't like the ending - it left me angry and confused. I mean, I understand Nick's willingness to do anything for his child, but it sickens me that the "anything" he would do for said child includes staying with his psychopathic, lying, and murdering wife. Why wouldn't he try to fight this thing and prove that she framed him and murdered Desi? UGH. Some people's kids, I swear.

Grade: B. I'd give it a better grade if it weren't for the ending and complete lack of character growth in Nick. The constant use of the f-word and other completely inappropriate language sort of turned me off as well. But... It kept me on the edge of my seat, made me want more, and was a pretty good read when I wasn't pissed off at the world. In the end, I'd say it was definitely worth reading, and I'd recommend it to anyone without virgin ears.

Have you read this book? What did you think? 

24 comments:

Casey said...

I totally felt this same way when I read it. AND in the middle I wanted to punch my husband in the throat. I have no idea why, but I was really angry.

Genna said...

I didn't read past the "spoilers" warning, but you just convinced me to man up and buy it!

ifs ands Butts said...

I couldn't read past spoilers because this one is on my list someday - I've heard it's pretty mind blowing. I'm sure it'll be a movie before we know it

Zia Blue said...

I didn't read past the spoilers, but I've been wanting to read this for a while after reading a review of it in a magazine- it looks so intense!

Breenah said...

I can't read this because of spoilers, but I just want to say I put this on hold when we were first gonna read it for book club and I was second. Do I have it yet? NO. Friggin Wichita Library.

Lisa said...

I felt the SAME way. So many ups and downs and curve balls through the whole book! And then you get to the end and he STAYS!? WTH!?
They deserve each other - freaks!
Great book, but didn't enjoy the ending either.
Glad you finally got it from the library!

briannaasaro.com said...

Everyone in my family, all of my friends, EVERYONE except ME has read it. I didn't really read through your WHOLE post because when I saw a potential spoiler, I flicked my eyes downward and away! LOL. Okay. This post has given me enough social pressure to finally read it. It's next on my list!

Forever Dream Photography said...

AH I am the same way as you, in the sense of feeling EVERY emotion of the characters like I am them. I love it and hate it. The pinterest ecard comes to mind about "when you finish a book and look around and the whole world is going about like they didn't just feel the emotional roller coaster you were on" Yeah that's me. I am also curious about reading this book myself, even after reading the spoilers and your hated ending!

Sydney

meet.make.laugh. said...

Ok I haven't actually finished this post..... I stopped at contains spoilers! I just started this post on the bus this morning and am hooked already. Will have to come back and read your review when I'm done!!! ~Stephanie

meet.make.laugh. said...

Ok I haven't actually finished this post..... I stopped at contains spoilers! I just started this post on the bus this morning and am hooked already. Will have to come back and read your review when I'm done!!! ~Stephanie

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I stopped at the spoilers because I'm only about 25% into the book. However, it's good so far!

Lissa said...

I hate him.
I hated her.
I hated them both.
Then I liked him a little.
I still hated her.
This book made me scream and frustrated. A co-worker and I were reading it at the same time and each day we would come in on where we were and it was comical.

I hated the ending. Yes, it was probably fitting, but I would of like to see him leave her, her get locked up, and they all rott, but sigh they did not.

makes me want to read more of her work though.

ROBIN said...

this was hilarious. I'm not a big reader, but this makes me want to read this one!

kaila mo said...

jeez sounds like a good book, ive been wanting something to read, maybe ill try it out!

Elisabeth @ Bella said...

i haven't read it but i totally get the getting so into books emotionally that its draining. you're exhausted and all you've done is sit on a couch! craziness :)

love,
elisabeth
lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com

RadiantKristen said...

I even hated Go at the end. There. I said it. The most likeable character, and I couldn't even like her. Talking to you about it this weekend was a blast, because I got to live through it with you, without having to live through it again myself.

Georgina Castellucci said...

I'm definitely going to be adding this to my reading list - I love books that tend to kind of keep me on my toes :)

I hope you're doing well lady!!

Kim Nobles said...

I read this book a few weeks ago for a class, and I felt pretty much the same way you do. The ending left me a little disappointed, but what a roller coaster of a book!

Kim @ wanderlustee.com said...

lol! yep! summed it up!

i agree with you about the ending, Nick should have left her and she should've gone to jail...buttttt i also liked that it was a totally dysfunctional ending bc it was a totally dysfunctional book!!

glad you finally got to read it!!

Sara Bell said...

Ahhhh I am finally getting over this book and now here it all is again! Such a good, powerful read that really blew my mind! I had to snuggle my husband extra hard after I finished it. I have two more of her books on my shelf now and I'm nervous but excited to check them out as well!

Natalie said...

I didn't read this post because I wanna read the book! Is it good?? Right up my ally??

Katrin said...

I totally need to check this out! I love thriller!

Abbey said...

I just finished this yesterday. And I felt the same way...hate Nick. Then oh man! Amy is a wackadoo! I mean...I don't even know what to say. It was pretty intense and I'd definitely recommend this as well. Ahhh...

Kassi Mortensen said...

I had just started the book when I saw you post this so I waited until I was finished to come back and read it. But I'm so with you.... this book was a crazy roller coaster of emotions. And now I'm just grateful I married someone so unlike every single character in this book! haha.