This book has a lyrical, almost poetry-like writing style that makes it different from a lot of other books. A lot of other reviews I have read mentioned that the writing style is either one of the best parts of the book, or it might ruin the story…but I actually enjoyed the different type of style present here.
I guess this book can be classified as romance…even though the main character. Miriam, is kind of trying to break away from her ex-boyfriend, but just can’t seem to. She is completely heartbroken, and none of this story is told in a positive light (it’s a rather depressing book, honestly, but it had to be depressing in order to tell the story properly…if that makes sense). She misses her ex-boyfriend…the one she thought was her true love, and while she’s trying to move on, everything seems to be preventing her from doing so. She sees him with another girl at lunch. She is reminded of him by just about everything…especially music. And there’s the fact that she thinks she might be pregnant with his baby following an afternoon after their break up when they didn’t bother to take precautions.
Also, Miriam isn’t really sleeping – so she goes out at night on her bike to take pictures. She has a darkroom in the basement in her house, and she is very serious about photography, so she spends a great deal of time taking pictures of things.
In the beginning of the book, everything starts to catch up with Miriam, and it’s clear that she’s just having a difficult time with everything in general, and while on a class trip, she pushes over a sculpture done by Picasso. While it didn’t break, and at first she’s certain that no one had seen her, she soon realizes how long that assumption was – and that someone did in fact see her push it over. The girl who saw her push it over promises not to tell…if she can do a few things for her – including taking pictures of her house and her little brother, to prove that he’s okay, since she left home and has no way to tell.
While Miriam struggles to find herself and deal with what she has done, she also begins to form a sort of friendship with this strange girl, and starts to genuinely have a desire to help her get her life back on track.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find myself connecting to the main character very much, and truth be told, I found her kind of stalker-ish. At one point in the book, she went and watched this guy’s house in the middle of the night, and was completely obsessed with taking pictures of him. It was sort of creepy in that aspect. Also, while lyrical and kind of poetic, the writing did tend to ramble on a bit, and seemed to skip around a little, making it a bit difficult to stay focused. A few times I had to reread a few paragraphs to try and figure out if I missed something. I felt like the topics were changed several times during the same paragraph, and the main character seemed to go on about a few things that didn’t really make much sense in relation to what she was just talking about a second ago. These weren’t really problems that ruined the book for me or anything, just things that kind of stuck out as noticeable.
All in all, it was a pretty book…on the outside and on the inside. I would definitely pick up other books by this author, because she definitely has a talent for writing.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.