Hi, a quick warning… this is a rant. A full-on rant (I promise that as much as I want to be all positive here this book just gets on my nerves and guys, I can’t help it so here we are in this situation) and a brief reading update rolled into one. I’m currently reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo and I’m on page 75 so far, but—thoughts, right?
Okay, well it’s not a bad book, I don’t think it is. But I think I’m part of the few people who just don’t get the….. hype? I mean I obviously haven’t read enough to fully judge the book but with what I’ve reached so far, it’s just I wasn’t liking it as much as I originally thought I would going in to this book. So far, I don’t think we’re really getting a clear, concise, point-to-point plot (I don’t know, again, I’m on page 75), at this point we were just told the backstory of our first two characters.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely okay with books not having a concise plot—I mean isn’t that the point of literary fiction in the first place as opposed to genre fiction? But I guess with Girl, Woman, Other, the premise of the story and the characters themselves, is promising. I mean, it seems like it IS a promising story, BUT maybe Evaristo’s way of telling it is not so much my cup of tea. But then again, it’s not a bad book, and though I may not be such a big fan of the way she story-tells, I think I can tolerate it enough to finish it. And the prose is great, I just don’t prefer HER way of writing it. I like prose poetry, love it to death I promise. Just, maybe not Evaristo’s way of writing in prose.
One more thing, what I’m not liking so far about this book is that it’s trying to tackle so many issues at once that it’s all not being executed eloquently enough (I mean with what I’ve already read)? It’s as if Bernardine Evaristo has a social issues checklist of her own that she ticks off as she progresses? Hopefully, these issues are reflected better on these characters later on in the book OR ELSE.
Anyway, to quickly wrap and clear things up, I am not in any way saying you shouldn’t read this book just because I’m clearly not enjoying it so far. Go ahead and read it. It might seem like a refreshing read to the casual reader. Maybe it’s just not my type of book, but I can totally see why people LOVE it.
Nonetheless, I’m still powering through. Fingers crossed I actually get to tick this one off for the Goodreads Reading Challenge! If any of you are planning to read it or have already did in the past, I would love to hear your thoughts about this book.