So far on this blog I’ve only reviewed books I thought were quite good. This is the first book review I am doing of a book I really didn’t like at all. I had initially stopped reading it after 80 pages or so, the reason being there was too much racism, sexism, homophobia,narcissism and of course violence, for me to handle. It was just a mess.
However, I really dislike leaving a book unfinished so after some consideration and some gentle nudging from a Goodreads friend, I decided to finish reading the book. After reading the remaining chapters, my opinion hasn’t changed; I still dislike the book. Yes, the title does clearly suggests psychotic events will be found in the book but I wasn’t ready for the extreme graphic descriptions of brutality depicted. They are honestly the most brutal I have ever read, and as I am a very squeamish person, there was no way I was ever going to enjoy this book.
I also got bored by the repetitive descriptions of food and fashion. I understand why the author felt compelled to put them there as a sort of parody of American culture in the 80s, but it got annoying after a while.
What I did like were the few chapters that discussed 1980s music icons, Whitney Houston and Genesis in particular. I love 80s music and so I enjoyed those chapters a lot.
I am proud of myself for placing myself outside of my reading comfort-zone at least, but I’m not sure whether finishing the book was helpful in any way, apart from the fact that it made me think of reasons why I disliked the book, and it counts towards my personal banned book challenge.