Melanie’s Want to Read Wednesday #4
TITLE: Sharp Objects
AUTHOR: Gillian Flynn
GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING: 3.87 out of 5 stars; 124,022 ratings
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.
WHY I WANT TO READ IT:
The name Gillian Flynn has been popping up seemingly everywhere recently due to the release of the movie “Gone Girl” based on her book of the same name. I first discovered the name Gillian Flynn quite by accident walking through Target’s book section a few years ago, but I rediscovered her in that same Target this summer. I had gone into town to meet my boyfriend and decided I would wait for him inside the store, being the bibliophile I am I decided to walk over to the book section and look through the books. I walked up and down the aisles, scanning the titles, admiring the covers until I came across the cover for Sharp Objects. The object on the cover was a familiar object, an object that I had lovingly known and felt against my own smooth skin many times in my darker past – I immediately picked up the book, read the synopsis, and started flipping through the pages. I didn’t get to read much of the novel, maybe the first couple chapters, but I had fallen instantly in love with Camille and her story. I find Camille to be a deeply flawed protagonist that I can relate to, someone I can cheer for, someone who is just as broken as the rest of us while trying to appear normal. I just felt an instantaneous response towards Camille’s character because I feel that she is going to be a character I can find myself identifying with on many levels. I admit, I am also a sucker for novels which involve a great deal of introspection from the protagonist. I find myself enthralled in understanding the psychology of how the character developed as an individual, understanding how this individual’s choices/decisions/events led them to this precipice of their human experience. I find that experiencing these types of character introspection makes us more self aware as individuals, we are more aware of the choices we make and how they will ultimately impact our lives.
I also chose this novel as my featured choice for this “Want to Read Wednesday” because of its focus on the issue of mental health. The month of October is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, with the week of the 10th recognized as Mental Health Week. I am a huge supporter of the idea of bringing about awareness to the struggles of those who suffer from mental health issues, regardless of the severity. I am extremely candid in regards to my own past, my own struggles with mental health – I have suffered from depression since I was young, elementary school age young, which was brought on by emotional, mental, physical, and verbal abuse. It continued on for the majority of my life and then exacerbated at the hands of sexual violence. I understand first hand the struggles which come with suffering from issues which impact your overall mental health – each and every day is a struggle to stay positive and it can be incredibly difficult to seek help. Please followers, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it – regardless if you regularly suffer from these struggles or if you just feel the need to talk to someone, please do so.
Ultimately, I really look forward to reading this novel and joining Camille on this journey of overcoming the mental hurdles brought on by her past in order to help someone in the present.