Esther is a college student who has won an internship in New York city working for fashion magazine. The story follows the events of this trip, told by Esther herself. A few highs, lots of lows, and everything in between.
What’s funny about this novel, for me, is that I remembered liking it a lot more when I read it in highschool… I guess I was going through my deep, introspective, “Do we really exist, or is this all in our minds?” phase. I can’t say I enjoyed it at all this time around. This is an autobiographical novel, and though it is a fictional work it does chronicle the author’s own mental breakdown and suicide attempt. It is mostly dark and Esther’s behavior is sometimes manic. She is also somewhat obsessed with the idea of sex (and men) though she has never been intimate with anyone. There is no real plot to the story, it’s mostly just a retelling of events which jumps back and forth in time, as events cause Esther to remember things from the past. This may be a good novel to read as a study of a depressed, suicidal mind (Sylvia Plath did eventually succeed in killing herself), but I wouldn’t say that it has the entertainment value a novel should have.
1) Overall Plot = 1
2) Characters = 2
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 2
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 3.5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 1
Average of score 1.9
Overall grade = D
This was book 46 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.
This was book 8 in my Classics challenge.