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Monday Update: Worst Book Ever Edition

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Monday Update: Worst Book Ever Edition

Hi everyone and happy Monday! Welcome to another week here on lifewithlilred. If you’re a faithful reader of my blog, you might have gathered a few things about me throughout the years. Two of them being that I love to read and that I refuse to not finish something that I start. This second Lil Red Fun Fact rings especially true considering that I’m reading the literal Worst Book Ever. Let’s discuss:

My mom brought me home Maestra by L.S. Hilton from the library. I read through the synopsis on the jacket and inspected all of the rave reviews from authors and the like on the back of the book. Many were comparing it to Gone Girl and saying how the lead female character, Judith, was similar to Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth is one of my all time favorite fictional characters and TGWTDT will always remain one of my favorite book series, as well.

I knew that this Judith lady would never live up to the love that I have for Lisbeth but I was willing to give the book a shot. Unfortunately, after the first two pages of Maestra, I knew that I was in for the worst reading experience of my life. Even more unfortunately, those two pages read damned me into having to finish the entire three hundred page book. Fuck me, right?

The premise of the book – an art gallery employee gone rogue was nothing that impressed me. It seemed desperately unoriginal and you could tell that Hilton was trying really hard to channel her inner Gillian Flynn and Stieg Larsson to no avail. I could get past this bland story line if the writing was actually good but the novel didn’t even have that going for it. And there was also one major issue…

This book is legitimately like reading pornography. Judith is very in touch with her sexual side and spends her free time going to parties designed for people to have a romp with complete strangers. The writing goes into specific/explicit detail about sex, sex, sex and then falls into the dull lull of a high schooler’s attempt at writing something edgy.

So we learn that Judith is a straight up sex junkie. This is all very well – if she were smart. This is where I start getting angry. Lisbeth Salander was able to overcome every obstacle in her way because she was intelligent as hell. Judith just uses the fact that she’s willing to have sex with anyone to get out of the troubles that she thrusts herself into.

See the difference? One is smart. One is a slut, for a lack of a better word (I know that I’m going to get some backlash for that!). So for people to compare this Judith character to Stieg Larsson’s genius Lisbeth just seems like a slap in the face to an amazing book series/character. Maestra has easily been the worst book that I’ve been essentially forcing myself to read in my life. You know that Hilton is a poor writer when her erotica is better than the actual story. -_-

If you’re in to reading a really shitty book with some porn thrown in for good measure – read this book. But if you’re in to reading about intelligent, cool, innovative, and truly edgy female heroins then do yourselves a favor and stay far away from Maestra. Crack open a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, instead. You’ll thank me later.

So there you have it, this week’s Monday Update: Worst Book Ever Edition! What is the worst book that you have ever read? What’s your favorite book? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Gone Girl: A Terrific Effort

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Gone Girl: A Terrific Effort

Tonight my mom, sister, and myself had a “girls night out” to go see Gone Girl. It was alright! It held very true to the book in just about everything, which is difficult to do when Gillian Flynn’s novel packs so much detail into 415 pages. But then again, there should be no surprises in the movie since Miss Flynn herself wrote the screen play. The talent of the cast was really something to commend. Ben Affleck played a great Nick Dunne. Affleck gave Nick the perfect amount of aloof smugness that made you semi dislike him, but also gave him charm and a genuineness that redeemed him. Also, can I PLEASE give a shout out to the lovely Miss Carrie Coon of Copley, Ohio! (Represent!) this was Coon’s first film EVER, and miss girl knocked it out of the park! She. Was. FABULOUS! Everything that I pictured Margo, Nick’s twin sister being, she was. She was sharp. She was sassy. She was frazzled. She was amazing. Her work deserves a major tip of the cap, because her acting was one of the highlights of the entire film. Now, I have a bone to pick with Rosamund Pike, who played Amy Dunne, the Gone Girl herself… I really didn’t care for her acting. In the book, I pictured Amy being something…more. In the movie I felt that Pike was almost too soft with Amy’s character, therefore she came off as weak, rather than a conniving, psychopathic bitch. If Pike pushed this character just a little bit farther, she could have given the performance of a lifetime, but it just fell flat. The quiet air that she had throughout the film read as disengaged rather than a plotting, crazy wife. Don’t get me wrong, Pike did well. But it just wasn’t as impressive to me as other performances throughout the movie, which really is a shame considering she’s the title character. Crowd pleasing cast members such as Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris gave solid performances as well. They really held their own as supporting actors.
The movie was quite long, it ran about two hours and twenty minutes. However it flowed very well. There were only a few parts that were a tad drawn out for my liking, but it would pick up immediately after with another shocker. The movie never felt boring to me, as some lengthy films can easily do. People who were a fan of the book will definitely enjoy the movie. And fear not to anyone who was worried about differences from book to screen because not a toe was stepped out of line from the novel. Of course, if you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know exactly how I feel about the ending of the book. So I shouldn’t even have to say that it’s exactly how I feel about the end of the movie. Disappointed and robbed. BUT, I knew it was coming, so I wasn’t nearly as upset as when I finished the book. To anyone who goes to the movie who hasn’t read Flynn’ novel are in for a MAJOR disappointment.
All in all I rate this film at a healthy, solid 7.1, for a fantastic effort. It was clear how much work was put into this movie, and I definitely appreciate that. Some of the acting fell flat, and the ending sucked. But to anyone who knows the story, that won’t surprise them.
Who has seen Gone Girl already? How did you like it? How would you rate it? Leave me a comment and let’s chat! Goodnight. -Sarah

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Gone Girl – Worst Ending EVER -_____-

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Gone Girl – Worst Ending EVER -_____-

I just finished Gone Girl and I am SO ridiculously disappointed in the ending. Like, seriously? The book was absolutely fantastic until the last thirty or so pages. That’s when it just got stupid. Now I can understand the lukewarm reviews on this book, because the ending sucked. The entire novel had so many interesting twists and turns, that the conclusion just seemed like Gillian Flynn gave up. She took an “easy way out” ending. I mean come on, shacking up with your sociopath wife and playing family with her until the day you die? Not impressed. It was obvious that Flynn was trying to end the book with this edgy, dysfunctional family feel, but it just left me feeling like I wasted a lot of time reading the book. Nick tried strangling Amy thirty five pages before the book ended for gods sake and we end with him being cool playing daddy to his and Amy’s child she conceived with his sperm she withdrew from the fertility doctors? What? I’m just so frustrated because I was loving Gone Girl SO much until the end!!! The finale was predictable, anti climactic, and just an all around bummer. In my opinion, it took Gone Girl from a ten to a four, easily. I’m just really confused as to why the book ended like this. Honestly, I wanted Nick to win in the worst way possible. He got shit on the entire four hundred pages of the story. Throw him a bone and throw Amy in jail! Now, I know what you’re thinking – An ending with Nick reining happy and victorious would have been just as lame as the published ending. And in a way that’s true. However, I feel like a lot of readers wanted the book to end that way. Nick was the under dog for a lot of the story, and I for one love a good under dog story. The tables turned on Amy from America’s sweet heart to a total psychopath, and I really wanted her to receive some type of punishment. Get a taste of her own medicine. Sometimes the ending that everyone wants is the best choice, rather than some bogus attempt of being edgy and creative. *Rolls eyes* So disappointed.

Where are all my Gone Girl readers at? How did you feel about the ending? How would you have liked the book to end? Leave me a comment and let’s chat! -Sarah

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77 Degrees and Sunny:)

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77 Degrees and Sunny:)

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It’s a GORGEOUS day in Akron, Ohio! A lovely 77 degree day, which is surprisingly warm for the end of September. I had a job interview this morning at a really cool store called Next, in downtown Akron. The area I interviewed in is called Highland Square and it’s this super artsy hang out scene that I would really love to work in, so keep your fingers crossed for me! Once I got home from my interview, I broke out my shorts and a crop top, grabbed my favorite pair of oversize sunglasses, and went outside to my backyard deck to read. (My pentagon shades are from Target. I was so happy when I found these babies for fifteen dollars, while the Miu Miu pair which were identical to these were three hundred!) It felt amazing to sit back in a lawn chair and let the sun beat down on my face as I read. It’s so peaceful to be able to go to the deck, which overlooks a spacious backyard and crack open a good book. It’s a great reading atmosphere to be surrounded by nature: birds chirping, our flower and vegetable gardens, and a long stretch of bright green grass littered with fallen leaves. I’m so close to being done with Gone Girl, so expect to see a post soon with what I’m sure will be my “OMG!” reaction! Keep your fingers and toes crossed that I get this job I interviewed for today, and have a fantastic Monday! -Sarah

Gone Girl: Halfway through AND FREAKING OUT!!!!!

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Gone Girl: Halfway through AND FREAKING OUT!!!!!

Alright, I promise I won’t post any spoilers, but I just got to part two in Miss Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ and I’m on the verge of having an aneurism. There’s so many twists and turns in this novel that I can barely keep up, in the best way possible!!! One of the major shocks in the book has just been revealed, and let me just say: I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!!! HOLY MOLY! Everything I was expecting in this book, every preconceived notion that I self righteously thought was true has just been blown out of the water. I seriously don’t understand some of the lukewarm reviews I’ve heard about this book, because it’s so well written, and creative as hell to boot! This book is the absolute definition of a page turner. I’ve been so happy that I’ve had time to binge read this weekend, because if I had other plans, they probably wouldn’t have gotten done – because I can’t put this book down to save my life. Every time I get a free few minutes it’s devoted to cracking this baby open and trying to fly through a chapter or two quick. The funny part about this shocking reveal at the half way point, is that I should have seen it coming. It’s almost like Gillian Flynn made this reveal happen to tease her readers a bit. I’ll tell ya what, it worked. Now I’m semi kicking myself in the ass for not coming to a conclusion sooner, but it just adds to the fun of reading this book! It’s keeping me on my toes, and I love it. Seriously guys, give this book a try, because it’s just fantastic. Where are my Gone Girl readers at? Can we PLEASE talk about this book and how freaking good it is?! Leave me a comment and let’s chat! -Sarah

PS: THE MOVIE LOOKS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!

Gone Girl – 100 pages in and LOVING it!

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Gone Girl – 100 pages in and LOVING it!

I started to read Gone Girl, as I posted recently, and let me just say: I LOVE IT! I’m one hundred pages in so far and it’s just amazing. I’ve been so busy this past week that I’ve only had the chance to read a few chapters at night before bed, but so far so good! I’m really looking forward to having a binge reading session, because it’s such a page turner. When I put it down at night I almost get mad at myself for it. In the beginning of the book, I was very Team Nick, but now….not so much. I don’t think Nick went so far as to hurt Amy in any way….but I really am beginning to think that he had something to do with her disappearance. Every time I turn the page, he’s either lying to the police, talking smack about Amy’s family money, or Amy’s work ethic. Nick seems like such a bitter guy. I feel like he’s extremely unstable as well. All of these combined negatives about him are leading me to dislike every single thing he does, because I can’t tell if he’s lying or not now. I love the way Gillian Flynn alternates the chapters between Nick’s real life and Amy’s diary. It creates an almost back and forth banter between the two as each chapter goes by. It also makes it impossible to not read Amy’s diary entries after finishing up a chapter with Nick! I’m really looking forward to delving deeper into this book, because I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of all of the crazy stuff that’s about to happen!

How do you guys feel about this movie trailer? Who’s going to go see Gone Girl in theaters on October 3rd? I know I’ll be going as soon as I finish the book! -Sarah

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So after completing The Strain trilogy, which was absolutely delightful, I decided I’d like to start reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I have to say, I’m twenty pages in and I’m already hooked. Miss Flynn can write! She has a very dry wit to her writing which I like immensely. When a writer has a sense of humor that mirrors my own, it makes me relate to the characters in the book that much more. It makes me feel like their friend. It makes me feel like I’m in on the joke. Because I already have an instant connection with our main characters Nick and Amy, I feel like the twists and turns of this book are going to be even more shocking. I’m very excited to delve deeper into this story, and find out what all the buzz is about, because I’ve heard raving reviews on this book, but I’ve also heard some mediocre ones as well. I’d really love to finish Gone Girl before the movie comes out. I’ve seen the trailers for it, and let me just say, Ben Affleck is looking mighty fine! HUBBA HUBBA! Have any of you read this book before? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think the movie will do the book justice? No spoilers please!!!! I’m about ready to go cuddle up in my blankies and crack this book open! Have an awesome night guys, sweet dreams! -Sarah

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^ This picture has literally nothing to do with my post…but it’s just so damn funny to me that it had to be included!!!