Friday, June 18, 2010

Love Will Tear us Apart (Again)

Love Will Tear us Apart
Tara McCarthy

The book centers around Sloan Madden, a 35 year old reporter asked to write a biography of conjoined twin pop stars Flora and Fauna. Most of the drama comes from Sloan's relationship problems and Fauna wanting to record a solo album.

The good
The author clearly shares my love of Daisy and Violet Hilton and interest in conjoined twins. I liked the fact the author referenced Chained for Life in a not overly negative way. Yes it is a bad movie, but it is nowhere near as bad as a lot of people make it out to be

The Bad

It wasn’t very good. The main character Sloan Madden is not all that likable. This may have something do the fact she said on more than on occasion, “Omigod.” Yes, really. The author actually wrote Omigod. In my humble opinion when writing a novel you should only write like that if you are writing someone’s texting conversation, and even then. Do people talk like that in real life? Sometimes, but don’t write it, please.

The story line itself wasn’t that interesting. It kept teasing to go to a dark place with the twin’s father drinking, but it never did. It just felt like tacked drama that added nothing to the story.

I won’t spoil the ending in case you want to read it, but it was bad.

The thing that really bothered me most was the fact that Flora and Fauna had not been separated. I get that the author was trying to do a modern day Daisy and Violet, but it just didn’t work. They were only joined at the hip, if born today, they would be separated. It’s implied that the twin’s father didn’t have them separated so that he could exploit them. Their official story is for religious reasons and that they would be paralyzed below the waist if separated. The doctors would not accept that, unless it posed a threat to their lives (and sometimes even if I did) they would be separated.

In conclusion:

Would I read it again? No

Do I recommend it? No

Three stars out of ten
Live long, and party hard
Zoë Danger Awesome

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