Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
"Our big explosion is coming any day now. Can't you hear the ticking?"
"We could have been so much more, but no one would let us fly."
So it's not that I didn't like the book, because I obviously did! It's just that I still don't know if I understand all of the euphemisms and metaphorical language. We never quite find out Stanzi's name. Stanzi is the one with PTSD and it took me awhile to group who has what according to the description of the book. Maybe if I reread it knowing what I know now that I will be able to grasp some of the things more. Ok - so like I said you have China, Landsdale, Stanzi, and Gustav. I get China and Stanzi's issues. But I don't really know what Gustav's issue was? Was he the test anxiety person? Why was The Bush Man normal until he left that place with geniuses and no departures? Why did he start handing out letters in exchange for kisses? I wish these questions would have been answered more or I wish I had A.S. King's phone number and I could just text her and be like "Hey what did you mean by this?". Or maybe even a SparkNotes because right all on my own I'm like:
"I am China - the girl who swallowed herself.
I just opened my mouth one day and wrapped it around my ears and the rest of me. Now I live inside myself.
I can knock on my rib cage when it's time to go to bed. I can squeeze my own heart. When I fart, no one else can smell it.
I write poems."
So even though this was a really weird novel and I still don't know what some of the things mean, I'm glad I read it. It's super unique and I think any story that isn't generic will keep my interests. Do you know what I mean? There are so many novels out now and they seem to almost be like carbon copies of each other! I probably would have liked them better if they were published 10 years ago, when there weren't 5 other books like them. This isn't like that, ok? It's 100% original! I've never read anything like it before. So if you're in the mood for a strange book that's nothing like you've ever read before and you're just sick of the run of the mill contemporaries - this is a perfect book for you!
Thank you to The Novl for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.