Has anyone ever thought that a book might have sent them crazy? Seriously?



I just finished We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and I have been crying hysterically on the lounge for about 5 minutes after I turned the last page.

That image at the end of the book... if you have read it you know the scene I mean... it is burned into my mind.

I know it's just a book. It's not real. But I think I will be haunted by it and by that image forever. Haunted. How can I write a review of something that might have scarred me for life?

I think I am going to have bad dreams tonight.

23 comments

  1. hmm, it's not exactly what you'd call 'light reading' is it? Still, a very important work in my opinion.

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  2. I think I told you that one of my friends read this book and was deeply disturbed by it... I'm not sure if I'm ready for it yet.

    Quick! Read another Harry Potter or watch Amelie or Bridget Jones!

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  3. I've heard about this book but have not read it yet. It sounds like one that might take a bit of time to get over and also might take a bit of time to decide what to pick up next. You may need to watch a happy movie or listen to some great music or eat some chocolate (remember from Harry Potter?).

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  4. I can totally see that happening to me. I'm quite sensitive.

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  5. I have this one on my Wishlist you make me want to read it immediately, love emotional reads that can play with my mind.

    Will definitely let you know what I think.

    I would take a day off from reading or go for a Verse Novel.

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  6. Hopping in :)
    Am now a new follower :)

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  7. This is why I have put off reading this book!

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  8. Now I'm totally in. Letters and a good cry at the end ... who could resist?

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  9. Oh my gosh I hope you're ok! I haven't read this but I have been wanting to for awhile. I read The Post-Birthday World and loved it.

    I look forward to your review.

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  10. I am sorry to here that this book upset you quite as much. I know it is a very emotionally draining and scary read. You had better start something to take your mind away from this before you sleep tonight.

    I await your review!
    http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4249735/

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  11. That is quite a reaction -- I had a similar (though not quite as strong) experience with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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  12. Wow, it'a amazing how a book can have this effect! You've got me interested in reading this now, even if it is disturbing.

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  13. Oh my!! I never finished the book. I guess I should from your reaction to the ending.

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  14. I found you through the hop. I have been wanting to read this book. I love books like this that stick with you.

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  15. Sounds like Lionel Shriver hit a high note (and a nerve or two) delivering the kind of experience we readers always savor.

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  16. I've been wanting to read this! I know what you mean though. I wept for about a good 20 minutes after reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as well as The Book Thief. Sometimes it is so hard for me to not get attached and think of the characters as real. I guess that is a good book when it can make you forget that its fiction and make you so attached to what is going on!

    Love your blog! I'll be here alot! :) Glad I found you on the blog hop!

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  17. Goodness! Great post Becky. I have not read this one and really look forward to reading your review. I have been trying to remember the last time a book moved me so strongly and can't. The closest I can come, in recent times, is Life of Pi, which did leave me feeling horrified and perplexed.

    Hope you found something fun, frivolous or uplifting to help you recover from the experience :)

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  18. Thanks for the messages everyone. I did have bad dreams about it last night, but I am feeling a lot better now. I took the tip that some of you offered, and did a bit of reading of Harry Potter before I went to bed. Harry Potter cures all problems and upsets doesn't it :-)

    I hope I haven't put any of you off reading it. It wasn't a good cry in any way, but it's not many books that can have that effect on people, which is saying something about the book.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by on the blogger hop as well. I'm glad you like the blog! I promise I don't usually post depressing posts like this one!

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  19. I know ... it was a brutal book wasn't it?

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  20. I read it years ago and I know exactly what you are talking about. You are right - you will not forget any time soon.

    A powerful read for sure.

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  21. I read this two years ago for an online book club. I have tried to get my book club to read it and while we didn't read/discuss it everyone has borrowed my copy and read it. It's an important book to read but it will stay with you forever/haunting....

    Harry Potter: I can't read Harry Potter. I have read a book and a half and had such vivid dreams that I just had to stop. Imagine waking up falling from a broom in a quiditch match! yikes :)

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