2016 Reading Challenge Book 23 -The Grown Up

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It’s August! My main thing there is that I do not understand how that has happened in any way shape or form, but I say that every month let’s be real. Anyway, I’ve been in a bit of a bubble for the past 31 days and yet somehow I have managed to keep up with this blogging schedule which has impressed me I have to say. The point of that sentence is that I left the month without the foggiest idea as t what I was going to post today.

And well I came up with this. It’s a mini book review of sorts because it’s a short story in the first place and doesn’t formally count towards my Reading Challenge goal. But I’ve read it (months ago now tbh) and I thought I would relay some of my thoughts on it. The short story in question is this one:

Bonus Book Review - The Grown Up
2016 Reading Challenge, Book 23, The Grown Up

I am pretty sure at this point that it is no secret that I love Gillian Flynn’s work and when I get the chance I am going to read Sharp Objects (because I am basically working through her bibliography backwards) so when I saw this short story one day while I was just milling around Waterstones (which I do a lot let’s be honest) it was a no brainer to me that I should pick it up and give it a read when I had fallen into a reading slump.

I think I had it for less than a week before I fell into one of those. And then I dragged myself to a coffee shop and read this book in one sitting. It was short enough for that.

The thing about Flynn’s writing is that I find it reassuring to return to. She has a way of getting your attention within the first paragraph, hell the first sentence and then keeping you there. On some sort of edge. She also has a way of creating characters that’s lets be real are kind of dubious and usually have more unredeemable features but that is part of what makes them such an interesting way into the story.

I didn’t really know anything of what was going to happen in the less than 100 odd pages that were laid out in front of me so reading it over the course of the afternoon was a rollercoaster of a read. Flynn created this story that is so dense and yet so concise and so fully formed and beautifully written piece of work that I finished in typical fashion when it comes to me reading her work, which is basically ‘wtf?’

This maybe even more so. It ended with me not even knowing who it was that held the power in this weird adult/child dynamic that was set up and escalated towards the climax of the story and it was because of this huge challenging of the idea of power that this story stuck with me for so long after I finished reading it. In fact it in itself sent me back into a reading slump which is the very thing that I was trying to get out of and I’m pretty sure I had to go out and buy Dark Places just because I figured if anyone could kickstart my want to read it would be the very woman who had sent me into a tailspin in less than 100 pages buy sending me into yet another tailspin.

I would definitely recommend reading this, and I know that I haven’t really indicated as to what the plot is at all, but I feel like a) it’s so short that if I even start picking at the plot then I will just end up revealing the whole thing and making the reading of it totally null and void and b) not knowing what you’re getting yourself into with short stories is part of the fun.

It’s won awards for a reason, I will put it like that and it’s a great introduction to the creative mind and wonder that is Gillian Flynn if the size of her three novels look a bit too much (although seriously once you start with her books it’s hard to stop and the pages just fly by). Seriously, it’s great, it’s challenging, it’s fascinating, it’s short…

It’s 4/5 stars.

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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