Book Review: The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)

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 virgin-suicides-fashion-photo-shoot-neon-mamacita071970s 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?)

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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. images 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 😀

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