After seeing a few great reviews floating around the interweb – I decided to add this to my to read pile.
In an ordinary suburban house, on a lovely tree-lined street, in the middle of 1970s America, lived the five beautiful, dreamy Lisbon sisters, whose doomed fates indelibly marked the neighborhood boys who to this day continue to obsess over them. A story of love and repression, fantasy and terror, sex and death, memory and longing. It is at its core a mystery story: a heart-rending investigation into the impenetrable, life-altering secrets of American adolescence.
My Thoughts : I must admit I didn’t particularly enjoy this. (don’t you just feel like the Grinch whenever you say you don’t like a cult classic?)
I felt it was definitely tailored to a younger/ teenage audience . I probably would’ve appreciated it a little more if I read it a decade ago – but truly feel a good book can be appreciated at any age.
Apart from exploring the characters roaring sexuality – which is a topic I did tend to enjoy moreso during my teen years, I found the book very bland. The first suicide happened quite early in the book whilst the final 4 suicides happened within the last few pages – As grim as it sounds D: , this left a gaping hole in between where you were kept waiting for the pin to drop.
It was a very poignant book – I felt a great sadness throughout, but the boys obsession with such a sad situation was very unsettling. I just sat there thinking why are they idolising such unhappy people – WHY DOESN’T ANYONE DO ANYTHING? ! It’s almost as if the sister’s sadness was adding to their appeal! I wanted to crawl into the story and give the sisters all a big hug. I suppose the protagonist was writing from a reflective perspective – and hence did not realise how serious the situation was at the time.
Overall it just wasn’t for me – as usual I was ever so tempted to put it aside half way through – but i was determined to get through… so yay me for making it through 🙂
Rating : * * (two stars) ( However I think i’ll give the film a try – I have a strange feeling i’ll prefer it)
Have you read the book or seen the film? Tell me what you think 😀