Discussion Forums - Contemporary Fiction

Topic: We Need to Talk about Kevin

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: We Need to Talk about Kevin
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 7:31 PM ET
Member Since: 5/20/2008
Posts: 1,123
Back To Top

I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this book. I just won it in a swap - is it worth my time?



Last Edited on: 12/6/08 8:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 11:10 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

I found it very thought provoking. Here is a link to a thread I started about the book earlier this year. http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=115458

It does contain a few spoilers, not sure if they are something you would find in reviews anyway but I wanted to warn you ahead of time.

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 2:49 PM ET
Member Since: 5/20/2008
Posts: 1,123
Back To Top

Thanks Sheila! Our similiarity rating is pretty high, too, so I am going to trust you on this one. :-)

 

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2006
Posts: 2,819
Back To Top

I really, really liked it.  So much so that I'm reading all of Lionel Shriver's stuff.  She's a wonderful author.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 8:16 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
Posts: 2,284
Back To Top

OOOH, Shelia, I am not going to open that link because I have this book to read - soon! 

Right now I am reading The Kindness of Strangers which has received mixed reviews on these boards because of its content.  Yes, it is tough content but is wonderfully written. 

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 9:46 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

Wendy, I just looked up the Kindness of Strangers . . . I don't know if I can read it. Is it graphic?

I can separate my emotions from most difficult subject matter books (animal abuse, murder, etc) but I have a little harder time with child abuse.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 8:33 AM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
Posts: 2,284
Back To Top

Shelia, I am on the last 2 chapters of Kindness of Strangers.  It is an excellent book.  Very well written and the author really developed the characters to a point that I felt I knew them. 

As far as the content (and I will not give anything away here), it is about a boy that has been sexually abused by a family member.  His friend (and his family) tries to help the young boy get over this trauma.  The topic of child pornography and incest are certainly talked about.  But, I felt that the author did a good job at leaving some of this to the imagination and didn't go into full-details about everything.  Yes, being a parent myself it was sometimes hard to read but personally, I have read some books that I thought were far worse.  Since the book has several children as its main characters and how they handle these issues I thought the author did a wonderful job at handling these topics. 

I recommend it highly. 

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 10:17 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

Wendy, thanks for details - sounds like something I can handle.