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Am I misunderstanding the end of the book? As I see it, Clyde ends up losing everything, including the Golden Child and Father Kavanagh? Horrible book. I am one that usually likes the books I read to some degree or another. But this one not so much. The writing is good and I loved how we got to see how Paul felt internally for a while and how Father Kavanagh stood up for and encouraged him for a while. And then that abruptly ended with FK getting basically angry with Paul and that is never heard from again. The book seems to tell me that children with learning disabilities are worthless and can be sacrificed. Horrible book.
I can only say that I adored this book. Far more than I was expecting to. I got goosebumps at two different points while reading it! I didn't find it slow at all. I devoured it in a couple of days. I'm planning to go back and read the author's first book, Ghost Bride.
Just started this January pick (I'm clearly very behind)! I can't put it down! I'm in the middle of it, right when he gives her the paint set at The Grove. It's such a quick read and so gripping! I'm secretly reading it at work... Shhh.. :)
I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. It was a real page turner and it did not disappoint one bit. A couple of friends read it with me as part of a book club we started and not one of them had anything negative to say about it. Definitely worth adding it to your next box.
I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it. I would have never guessed this was the first book for this author. A real “page turner” right until the very end!! I joined a book club and this was my first book. I borrowed a copy from another book club member but would not have been disappointed if I had purchased it. I have now placed my first order for TWO books from February’s selections. I can’t wait to receive my books and look forward to the upcoming months.
Is it just me or is this one a little slow? I've had it since January and have kept trying to get into it, but thus far I'm about 80 pages in and "not feeling it" in comparison to everything else on my shelf. Is it worth it...
I really enjoyed this book! It made me reflect on my own life and how I have been so clueless about many of the problems with poverty that are right in front of me. Sometimes we live in this “bubble” of safety, surrounded by family, friends and support. It makes you truly forget that the person standing next to you could be living a completely different life. After reading this book, I am going to try and become more aware of my surroundings.
While I loved almost everything about this book... I do feel as though I was left hanging! After going through this journey with Stephanie and Mia, you become attached to her decisions and attached to her clients. I feel the story was rushed in the end. I would have loved to read more about Montana, the friends they made, what challenges they still faced while in a new situation. I would have also loved to know where and when her new child came in (mentioned in acknowledgements). It all seemed to just fall into place after years of pain and frustration.
That being said, I still highly highly recommend!
Love, love this book! It's such a beautiful story of a single mother who would do everything for her daughter. I have always had high respects to all single mother out there, as I was also raised by one! This one hit me hard!
Very emotional, thought provoking, powerful, sad and moving all at once! It's also very timely and her story belongs to many of us. Very relatable!
I was excited to read Golden Child and loved it! The moral dilemma that Clyde faces in choosing to support one son's future at the expense of the other son's life is so dramatic and intense. I definitely understand why his choice angered so many readers (it hurt me too), but I think it makes for a stronger, complex novel. If Clyde had chosen to save the kidnapped twin, he feared that the kidnappers would only come back and threaten his family again. That is, by giving in to their demands, he feared a never ending cycle of violence. A fascinating look at immigration, poverty, and sacrifice.
So I am a PROFESSIONAL plot-twist-guesser and I didn’t even see this coming.
I haven't yet had the chance to read Maid but did happen to catch part of this interview on NPR yesterday. For those of you who are interested in knowing more about the author, you can listen to the interview here:
This was my first BOTM book and I was hooked from the first pages. The ending plot twist had me. I still can’t understand why he put his self in close contact with her knowing she would recognize him. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to pick my next book.
I feel like this book and "world" have a lot of potential but the book fell flat for me. The conspiracy story line seemed extremely rushed and left me with more questions that anything. How did Charlie make it to Las Vegas paralyzed and wounded? Why was Arlo trying to overthrow the Golden State? How did the Las Vegas community start? What was the point of the pumpkins? So many questions.
I need to talk about this book with others who read it. After seeing others post about the ending, i need to talk it out. Maybe i’m completely off here- but am i the only one who got the feeling Arlo wasn’t as bad as the Monster they made him out to be in the end? Maybe he kept saying it was all “worth it” just to reunite the brothers in exile? Knowing they’d be better off outside the golden state, or at least together. I pictured the pumpkin launch a way for charlie to practice, and set up the initial fall off the roof. Like charlie was in cahoots with these guys all along or something! Someone else share with me your thoughts because I really liked this book and the end just left me wanting more! :)
I know everybody here is all Gaga about thrillers, and even though I love them, I hate it that good books like NIGHT tiger get overshadowed by them! It's such an amazing book to read.. I think it's safe to say that from al the books I've read so far at BOTM, this defintely is my favorite!! The writing style, romance, mystery and superstition in the culture of Malay folks all made it such a delightful read!! I thoroughly enjoyed the surprises and deaths, lol, and I might just read it again sometime!
A must read for anyone who loves elegant writing and fiction ❤️
I really loved this book, but was anyone else uncomfortable with the romance between Ji Lin and Shin? Even if they weren't related, they still grew up together and thought of each other as siblings. I think the book would've been a lot stronger without that aspect and if they were just step-siblings with a strong bond.
I really liked how the author made the reader understand what it's like for a special needs person to feel in school. She helped me understand better what was going on in the mind of my own son when he often experienced anxiety at school.
I feel so guilty. I just couldn’t get into this story so I did not finish. First time this has happened in a while. Anyone else feel the same?
This is the first book I read from BOTM and I am shook! The post twist at the end was so unexpected. the line "That was the day I meant Alicia Benson" I legit sat there for like 5 mins putting the story in order and being shook. My mind was racing like why did he face her knowing what he drove her to kill her husband? why didn't it click in his head that she recognized him when she tried to kill him? (Legit like that bitch was not playing) How can he act like he did nothing wrong when he committed the WORST crime. OMG 2nd/3rd BEST BOOK I EVER READ granted the diary being wedged in the painting was a cheap shot.
Why did Theo even bring the needle mark on Alicia to anyone’s attention?
I thought this was an incredible and thought provoking read. I did wonder though, was Kathy tortured by the death of Gabriel or was she tortured by knowing Theo was complicit in her lovers death. Thoughts? Why did Kathy become the silent shell that Alicia left behind?
I thoroughly enjoyed my choice of The Silent Patient as my January book. I was hooked from the beginning pages of the book.
I knew there was a plot twist coming about a third of the way through the book but I hadn't quite figured out all of the details by the time it was revealed.
My one big complaint after finishing the book is Theo as a character. I started out the book enjoying his character. He appeared to be an ambitious psychotherapist who had dabbled with depression and mental illness earlier in life and now aimed to help others like him. However my opinion of him changed quickly. Now that I am done with the book, I find myself annoyed with him. To avoid any major spoilers, when he found out about Kathy why not just approach her as I believe any "normal" person would do? I found his approach to the discovery very manic. I guess that is what makes this story a good one!
All in all, I couldn't put the book down and finished it in a day. I will definitely be recommending it to others.
I'm still in shock with how fast of a read this was. I also am shocked by the twist in the middle and I agree with some other posters that the timelines were awkward. But other than that I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be recommending this book to others!
It just felt like there was something missing. From a creative standpoint, I enjoyed how the book was laid out. Using each house as a different chapter was unique and helped with the flow of the book. I almost wished that the author would have dug deeper into the relationships that she had with her family and relationships and less on the houses that she cleaned. On the contrary, it was eye-opening and helped me understand (if one can say that) poverty more and what it is i like to be a single mother with little to no help.
I appreciated the detailed description of what it's like to struggle with poverty. Some people have never experienced that daily grind or have had to be acutely aware of every little penny. Most people have never had to be so appreciative of simple things, little victories and tiny luxuries - such as an occasional blueberry.
What's missing for me is that that most of the characters are one-dimensional. Nearly everyone except the narrator is either black or white, good or bad. Speech is exaggerated and unnatural. It seems the characters are just stereotypes for the writer to fight against. The parents, especially, did not ring true to me.
The author describes some things so well - such as her impression of the landscape and lovely feeling when she first saw the garage apartment, but the owners of the property are just caricatures. Maybe this is all part of the author's technique to show the claustrophobic and isolating aspect of poverty. But I think mostly it was just not fleshing out the characters well enough.
Many of us have struggled with poverty or bad situations as young adults but it's hard to read an entire book of complaining. It needed something to balance out that aspect of the story.
There were also some editing problems: grammatical errors and plot inconsistencies where action started in one location and then ended in another with no transition. Storylines were started and then dropped completely, such as the boyfriend who lent her a car - where did he go? At times Stephanie seems totally isolated and completely friendless and then in the next chapter she's posting on Facebook to multiple friends and has a blog. It seems like she's different people.
It's apparent that parts of this book were originally separate articles or postings, and then were just slapped into the middle of a narrative. It felt disjointed going from the story of the family's life to chapters dedicated to specific houses and their owners and then back.
Having said all this, though, I was interested enough to care about Stephanie and Mia and hope that it would work out well for them in the end. In that, the author was successful.
Ok, I really liked this book. I was entranced the entire time. A little over halfway through, I did begin to have my suspicions about the timing of the two story-lines and was able to piece that information together, so the big reveal was not as much of a shock to me as other readers. However, I have one lingering thought that is bothering me...why did Alicia stick a paintbrush in the other patients eye? I know she was “provoked,” but I feel like this doesn’t fit into the narrative, especially after the reveal. Maybe I’m missing something. Did anyone pick up on anything regarding this?
First off, I will say that I loved the imagery and writing of this book. They were beautiful. That being said I have one big issue.
Every synopsis talks about this insanely difficult decision that Clyde has to make. I do not understand what is so incredibly difficult about what he has to do. He merely has a choice to keep his son alive or not. He in the end chooses to take the life of one son in order for his other son to be successful. I found it incredibly upsetting and I did not feel any empathy for Clyde whatsoever. I felt like he made a horrible mistake that unfortunately his wife and son had to live with.
Really curious about everyone else's thoughts. I know my review is harsh but I had some really strong emotions by the end of this novel. Which is what is so great about reading! :)
I cannot seem to grasp the concept of this story line. To me it feels like he does not explain the reality the book is based on very well. It feels like I’m coming into a book series and I’m starting out on book 3 instead of book 1. It’s a good book I have continued ready however the reality has me puzzled very frequently. Does anyone else have this problem?
I found Maid to be an interesting read. I work representing poor mothers so this topic is right up my alley. Perhaps because I am surrounding by these issues on a daily basis, this book didn’t get move me as much as others on this topic have. The author did a great job conveying the frustration that accompanies poverty and the fultility of navigating all of the government programs that are supposed to assist but in reality only confound. I also appreciated how the author was hyper aware of the constant judgment that was heaped upon her for the most minuscule of details and for needing help from others. This felt and is a very real phenomenon.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was missing for me. Perhaps, although I know it’s not fair, after reading Evicted, no book on poverty will ever move me in quite the same way. That book changed my entire perspective on so many things. It’s probably foolish to hold any book to that standard.
Golden Child is beautiful. The writing subtly swept me in, and within 24 hours, I was already 100 pages in. (On a NYC work week at that.)
The beauty and richness of Golden Child take time to sink in, but page by page, the themes at play (family, masculinity, sacrifice, crime, poverty, fatherhood, brotherhood, etc) begin to paint a beautiful but tragic reality for our characters, and for ourselves.
Though an emotional ending, it was nonetheless a beautiful one. I cried quietly while the book ended. I laid in bed starring at the ceiling, crying for Paul, Peter, Clyde, and Joy.
This book has me totally mesmerized. I could devour it in one sitting, but am purposely taking my time to read it and enjoy it all that it has to offer. I love the writing, the characters, the setting and it is so mysterious in the best way. I think I have to put this in my top 5 and I am not even done reading.
This book would have been awesome for me.. except I just read "No Exit" and "Nine Perfect Strangers" so I was expecting a plot twist. The book kept me intrigued and I read it within one day. I loved everything about the setting and the characters emotional tragedies.. but because the way the narration was written I felt like the plot twist could have been explained better. Overall it was a really good book, I think I just need a break from thrillers and books with psycho main characters. I would recommend this to a friend though!
Anyone else still waiting for their book to arrive? Tracker has mine at the same place for five days now. Should I reach out to someone or am I just too excited for the book to arrive? Lol
I really have nothing bad to say about this book. I haven't been a fiction reader for long and have really only been into nonfiction. I have only been a member since December. However, I couldn't put this book down and finished it in two days. I was really shocked with the twist at the end and it was far off from what my personal theory was. I thought it was really great! I really can't find a reason to not give it 5/5.
I found this to be a fast, entertaining read. The flow is great and I sped through it. However I had one big issue (spoilers ahead): the twist. I didn't expect it, which was good. But the reason I didn't expect it is because we're inside Theo's head the whole time. There's a pretty standard rule of first person narration where you can't keep secrets from your reader when you're inside a character's head; it doesn't make sense. Obviously he'd be thinking "oh yeah I'm here cus I'm her stalker". By simply changing the narration to third, this issue could have been avoided & I'd have liked it more
I wanted to love this based on all the rave reviews and buzz about this book, but it just... fell flat for me. This was my first BOTM pick that I didn't at least somewhat enjoy. Did anyone else have the same experience? Am I somehow missing the brilliance of this book?
Between the Silent Patient or the The Night Tiger. I still haven't chosen a book and I only have until tomorrow ro choose! Help!!
For my January month I picked the Maid over The Silent Patient. I should of picked both. Did anyone else puck the Maid? Is it worth the read?
I'm torn between Golden State and The Silent Patient! The Golden state seems really unique and exciting but I love a good thriller! Opinions?
The January book selection is released and I’m having fun debating with myself which one I should pick. The Silent Patient is a definite contender for me, but I keep wondering about The Night Tiger, too. Which one is your pick?