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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

rileyf07's review against another edition

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3.0

3/5 stars

ok… lets talk. im assuming a huge aspect of this book was to make you uncomfortable with the guys infatuation with the girls, going into vivid details, however, it was too much. maybe this makes me seem weak, and this is the one time you wont talk me out of feeling that way.

now the good points (and sort of lack thereof). this book in general has an interesting premise, the characters, storyline etc all interested me, so thats always important (duh). but one more bad thing, the writing style. i get it (i think) like its fine, not normal, reflection of the author yah yah yah. but its annoying, and a pain to read. or maybe i should just stay to romance?

siwx_x's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

I had hoped for better written characters, but until the very end, we learn very little about most of them; maybe aside from Mrs.Lisbon- whose pain i can feel. Again, I wished I could have said the same about the rest of the cast. I do think that this book is a necessary read for anyone getting into classic literature, but there are newer, better books discussing the same theme. Despite the poorly fleshed out characters, the over sexualisation of the girls (intentional or not) and the weird pacing, the writing and world-building was spectacular. The book is very description heavy- mostly visual and scent, and I felt like I was part of the narrators, looking at the every move of the Lisbon girls while still feeling infinitely disconnected from them, much like looking at an old doll caged in a glass. Forever to be looked at and picked apart by others, shrouded in mundanity disguised as mystery, such is the horrors of girlhood.
Spoiler At the end of the day, the tree was still cut; at the end of the day, the other trees still fell sick.

jbeesknees's review against another edition

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1.0

This book was very boring and not for me at all. Way too bizarre for me to understand and very dull. Just ugh. A perfect book to release for Bookcrossing though - if someone accidentally threw it in a trash can I wouldn't feel bad.

thebookishpaws's review against another edition

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4.0

“In the end, the tortures tearing the Lisbon girls pointed to a simple reasoned refusal to accept the world as it was handed down to them, so full of flaws.”

Wow. This is one of those books that I know will stay with me long after I’ve finished reading it.
Heartbreaking insight into depression, abuse, suicide and more.

Written cleverly by Eugenides from the frustratingly shallow POV of the male gaze, this book will have you tearing your hair out at how the girls could be so visible but never truly ‘seen’ by those who claimed to love them so much.

A truly difficult read due to the heavy topics but I could not put it down from start to finish.

tessiereads's review against another edition

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5.0

Liked it way more than when I read it when I was 18. The distance in POV is the whole thing

hannahrehman's review against another edition

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4.0

Despite knowing what would happen based on the preface, the book still contained twists that I did not anticipate. The book helps to show how men struggle to perceive and identify women as individuals. The boys viewed the girls as a singular entity, and I believe that the news articles confusing the girls with each other further encapsulated this. Also, I think that the book perfectly shows how infatuation with someone does not mean you truly know them. The boys may have been obsessed with the Lisbon sisters, but over the course of the book, readers can see how they had no knowledge of who they were besides from a surface level.

beatrizkelly's review against another edition

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3.0

sigh. there’s a lot to unpack here but i don’t feel like writing a thinkpiece. 3/5 stars.

kiyahisfiyah's review against another edition

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4.0

took me a minute to read just because i was reading like 3 different things and also school work but i did enjoy the book. obviously this isn’t supposed to be in the perspective of the girls and i love that we didn’t know a lot about what was happening inside the house. it kinda kept you guessing what was actually happening like why were these girls ? like this why were the parents like this ? yk like the conversations the sisters would have amongst themselves what were they about? and things of that nature. seriously though if the book was in the girls perspective idk how well the author would’ve been able to show them.

also if you think about it this entire book is mostly speculation based on observations so we’ll never know the result truth of the events. the interviews everyone views interactions differently so who’s to say if that’s what really happened between the girls and those boys. how do we know they are telling the truth? this book just raised a lot of questions for me in terms of depression and anxiety and mental health all around.

spolier but i mean not really it’s in the title

when they all kill themselves in a specific way i wonder why they choose those ways like why would you choose to stick your head in an oven or hang yourself why not just take a bunch of pills it’s easy smoother less hurt but like maybe they wanted to hurt themselves they wanted to feel the pain of death … that was kinda okay i’m done now

yulyakrasii's review against another edition

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4.0

дуже непогана книга, неймовірно деталізована: було цікаво дізнаватися про дівчат з невеликих речей з їхнього життя, з одягу, косметики, стрічок, дисків, свічок, цигарок і так далі і так далі. сама історія не те що захоплива, а втім, дочитати до кінця хочеться. подекуди затягнуто, як на мене, деякі речі можна було пропустити.
загалом, вайб нагадує осінній холодний туманний ранок у ще зеленому лісі, де купа хвойних дерев. а ти йдеш у чорних лакових чобітках, спідниці вище колін і білій блузці з мереживом і рюшами. ось якось так воно все відчувалося

arae0311's review against another edition

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4.0

Read this book to deal with stress and because I'd heard such good things about the film, I thought I'd read it first (and then I watched the film immediately after).

The way Eugenides sets the atmosphere of the book, and his beautiful descriptions of even disgusting topics kept me hooked more than the plot. While there's no plot twists or big surprises, there's enough mystery that you still want to know how the story unfolds. A short and thought-provoking read that I've been thinking about all afternoon since I finished it this morning.

(Knocked off one star for some of the more masturbatory elements that come with male writers writing teenage girls; not all of it was needed "for the story")