The premise of this book is cool, a group of people who for genetic reasons tend to regenerate after death. The writing was quirky and modern, fitting a girl of the main character's age. For the most part it was really engaging. The main character's sarcasm and depressive wit made me laugh, and her perspective on some of the things she goes through is priceless. I think for many people, this would be a five star story.
On the downside, a couple times I was confused because I thought it was day and then it was dark, and that sort of thing, but I don't think that was too big a deal. Worse than a little confusion is the full-blown love triangle. This time the girl is torn between a guy and another girl, but really it's the same deal as usual. Why is everyone always after the main character, especially when she's not really that likable? Happens all the time. I want the story where the main character is the third wheel instead of the one everyone wants. I'll have to write it. But back to this book, sorry. I've enjoyed books in spite of love triangles, so what is it that bothered me to the point where I just couldn't enjoy it like I wanted to?
I believe it was the main character's personal issues, mainly the way she views sex and relationships in general. I'm really turned off by sex as nothing more than a pass-time, and also by people who want sex 'without the complications of relationship' for whatever reason. Sex IS bonding for women, regardless of what they want to think. It's been scientifically proven that something or another is produced in the brain that creates an emotional bond…anyway, it irked me, and soured my whole experience with the book. It made the main character out to be so weak, you know? She was so messed up she couldn't even allow herself to be committed to monogamy in the short term. I wonder why the other characters were so set on getting her to commit to them. Were they equally unbalanced and wanted her to fill a codependent role for them? Was it just a competition between them? It was pretty clear that it wasn't all about lust for them, so it had to be something else. I also didn't like the end, but I won't say why for fear of spoiling.
If my complaints seem stupid to you, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you and I are on the same page, then steer clear.
Language: Definitely R.
Sexual Content: The secondary plotline (which sometimes feels like the primary) more or less revolves around it, so yeah.
Violence: Well, you have a person who dies for a living, so it only follows that there would be people dying, doesn't it? Some of it is really funny, missing shoes and so on, and I suppose most of it isn't intentional violence…
Diversity: I don't remember there being characters of color, did I miss that? The main characters are all attractive white people, the other characters less attractive. But the main character is bisexual, which could put it on diverse charts.
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