DISFUNCTION AT IT'S BEST!
This title is MISLEADING.
It speaks of Bingo and Queens and Paradise and suggests good, clean, laughable FUN.
It is not a good warm/cuddly feel-good book. It storyline and characters suggests that the author needs some counseling at best and serious mental health care at worst...imo.
This story started out funny, then changes to a dark side SO not funny, it made me uncomfortable.
I felt at times like I was window-peeping in a world so dysfunctional there are no words to describe the characters (or the author's reasoning)in the story.
Sure it has some great ALBEIT FEW lines that will make you laugh out loud, and with the exception of "Elijah" who makes you love him from the onset, the story itself is nothing but gloom and doom.
With sooo many tragedies that it's unbelievable.
This I feel far outweighs the "good" feeling a book should leave you with.
The feeling I speak of, is the one where you turn that last page, close the book, give a sigh and know, that your time spent reading it was worthwhile.
This book on the other hand left me feeling like I needed a psychiatrist for even having finished it.
So if you like disfunction at it's best, then this book is for you!
However, if you have enough headaches in the real world and read a book to relax or to escape like I do, then by ALL MEANS PASS THIS ONE UP.
I gave it a 3 1/2 solely on creativity and for "Elijah".
I was a bit disappointed with this book. I was wanting a light read, and it was about a poor disfunctional family. With that said, it was a great book - just not what I was looking for that day.
Good read, interesting characters.
Great book,sad and funny at times