Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Imagine Me Gone   by Adam Haslett

Title: Imagine Me Gone

Author: Adam Haslett

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2016


This is going to be on my favourite books of 2016 list. It is a fantastic book! Highly recommend it to everyone!

I like how the story is presented. Each part of the book is divided into chapters that are presented by each character. Chapters by Michael are perfection; they show his personality and suffering in a beautiful way, but do not focus on just that. They show how smart he is and how funny he is. Some of his chapters are illustrated in an alternative way, and I especially enjoyed them. The second favourite thing about this book is how the beginning of Alec’s relationship is shown; it’s amazing. It shows how Alec is afraid of love, of showing off his emotions, but how much he needs the love. The descriptions are tender and beautiful.

I liked how characters are shown through 30 or so years of their lives. We have a chance to grow with them, get to know them very well and see those children – Michael, Celia and Alec grow up. And how different is the story at the beginning from the one we are ending with? I think that is the thing that makes this book so amazing.

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Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman

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Title: Hot Little Hands

Author: Abigail Ulman

Pub Date: June 2nd, 2016

Rating:  ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

I did not enjoy that book. From around 20 percent in, I was just debating whether I should drop it or try to finish it. Eventually, I endured, and I read the whole book.

I enjoy short stories, but stories in this book didn’t have any power or message that was captivating. For some time I had an impression that the book was written by someone who’s English is not the first language. This is not necessarily a bad thing; English is not the first language for me. But in the book this impression I got means that the wording and the language were just lacking something, some ease of the text or the way sentences are built.

I was frustrated at the end of every single story. I would like them to finish with some message or leave me filled with emotions, or make me wonder about the story. Stories in the book were ending flat. That’s all I can say about them; they were flat.