I’ll admit it. I had stopped reading for a long while. I love reading, but schoolwork and jobs and internships and everything just seemed to get in the way. But now I’m making room for it. After I finish a few chapters of a good book, I remember how good it feels to read. And since I got my degree, I’m so much more appreciative of a well-written book than ever before.
So I wanted to start sharing books that I’ve read and loved and now recommend, but without all the spoilers. That way if you’d like to get back into reading too, you can read my suggestions without ruining the experience.
Here’s the summary from Amazon:
“A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.”
Without further ado…you should read The Grownup by Gillian Flynn, and here’s why:
1. First off, this book is short. It’s a short story. My copy is 62 pages. I finished it in a night. There’s not much fluff, which I love. Some books really overdo it on backstory, but this had the perfect amount.
2. It’s a fun read. Really. My boyfriend and I were reading it together (because we’re an old couple who like reading to each other) and we were laughing so hard at some points. And this isn’t a comedic book; there aren’t jokes. Flynn is just such an expert at delivering funny descriptions in a deadpan kind of way.
3. The opening line. It’s amazing. It grabbed me right away. Like I said, it’s got that flat kind of humor. Even if I had no idea this book was written by Gillian Flynn (who I love), I would have bought this book right away. Ready? Here it is:
“I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.” Perfect opener.
4. It’s got that signature Flynn mystery. When you think the story’s headed in one direction, it flips you around and goes another way. Again and again.
5. It’s being bid on by production companies. Last I read, Universal Pictures, Paramount, and Tristar were all bidding for The Grownup’s rights. So I mean, it’s pretty much going to be made into a movie or series, and you’re going to want to read it before it hits the screens.
Really, I adored this story. It was a fast, fun read. It’s not as dark as Flynn’s other works (Gone Girl, Dark Places), but that works out perfectly for the short story. You’ll see.