Authour: Jeffrey Eugenides
Length: 249 pages
How long it took me to read: A week and a half
What it's about: The haunting, humorous and tender story of the brief lives of the five entrancing Lisbon sisters, The Virgin Suicides, now a major film, is Jeffrey Eugenides' classic debut novel.
The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear
The ending is the most important part: The best thing about this book was that there was an ending.
Last word: This was really hard to read, however poetic, and I don't recommend this book.
Spoilers after the jump
This book was really hard to read, even when taking the subject matter into perspective - I mean, it IS titled The Virgin Suicides, so you can have an idea of what it's about. That being said, the book is only 249 pages, but there are only five chapters and very little breaks. The text just goes on and on and on. It's so full of details it seems jam packed with words. I found myself re-reading a lot because the words just seemed to jumble all together. I really hated the structure of the book.
I one hundred percent disagree with the Goodreads.com description that this is a humorous book. There were times that I laughed out loud, yes, but this book is not humorous. This book is depressing and very hard to read.