Lisbeth Helgesen Helgesen من عند Deola, Rajasthan 341507، الهند
I don't know anyone else who enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry as much as I did. Yes, the characters are hideously cliched and have that usually irritating 'trying way too hard to be weird/quirky' element to them. Add to this the fact that this book is totally predictable (I saw what the 'big' secret was straight away and what direction the story was going in right from the start). Plus, the ending is so half-hearted and abrupt, that you have to question whether Niffenegger herself got bored with it or just ran out of steam. So why the four stars? Because despite all of the above, I found myself completely absorbed by it. I loved the writing, I quickly grew to like the OTT weird characters, and I enjoyed reading a novel that explored grief in a strange, yet wonderful way.
Okay, that's it, junkies are boring. I can deal with a chapter or two about shithole apartments and calcified veins and the unending heroin routine, but a whole book, no matter how well-written and compelling, just gets tired.