Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

I've had the unfortunate experience lately where EVERY book I pick up is either dull, badly written, or depressing.

I'm definitely getting sick of it. I've stopped mid-read in five books now, which is A HUGE deal for me. I, rarely, will stop in the middle of a book - this occurrence happens maybe once to twice a year. So, five books in one month seems a tad bit extreme.

This ridiculously high number of book failures is either due to karma, my mood, or stupid publishers. I voting for the stupid publishers.

Either way, I won't be blogging about the stupid books because I just can't bring myself to think about them any longer.

However, if you want to feel depressed all day long and contemplate how miserable the world is, go ahead and read "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake."

You would think the name would tip me off - the PARTICULAR SADNESS. But no, I dive in expecting a happy delightful novel full of lemon cake with a twist of sadness that still ends up happy.

Well, it isn't happy. There's not one moment of sustained happiness in the whole book. All happiness dies.

I will give it this - it definitely has that Independent-film style, which I know a lot of people actually like. Me? I don't like Independent films. I much prefer Disney.

Interestingly, the author apparently did not learn how to use quotation marks in school as all dialogue is quotation-mark-less. I've never read anything written like this before and it definitely lends the book that noted independent-film style, but I am not keen on this writing technique. And I'm a little annoyed at whatever publisher was like - "Hey, let's be unique. Let's publish a book with no quotation marks in our dialogue. No one's done that before..."

Unlike the idiotic publishers and this artsy-fartsy author, I like quotation marks. They help move the story along without stopping every moment with he-said and she-saids.

She said, I love the flowers.

I love them too, he said.

Doesn't that just sound so morose and melancholy? 

At any rate, the book was written with enough to keep me interested until the end, but I just don't love this writing style so I can't highly recommend it.

However, if you are one of those goth souls in surburban clothes then maybe this book will be right up your alley. However, I'm really a disney princess dressed up as your average American and this book just didn't sweep me off my feet.

My rating: 5- Pretty good, for the most part.

1 comment:

  1. ha ha - I've gotten a few duds lately too. Think I need to scroll through your past reviews for some new material....


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