Hello readers. Today, I’m going to try to do a book review of a fiction in my school’s library, Sharp objects by Gillian Flynn, the writer of Gone girl and Dark places. Please enjoy!
Sharp objects is a story of a female reporter Camille Preaker who is tasked to return to her hometown to cover a muder of two middle school girls (although the second body was found after she arrived at the town). She has to gather information to be able to write an interesting article as she slowly uncovers the truth behind the death of the two girls and her little sister who died when she was young. I learnt a few new words while reading this novel (the main character is a writer for the daily newsletter after all).
While sharp objects sounds like a standard mystery novel, it reflects the important problems that are happening in school; drugs, bullying, rape, premature sex, etc. The characters mention things like girl bullies having their “friends” show their private parts to the boys or a 13 year old girl got drunk and passed around raped by a baseball team. You can expect to see at least one F-word every chapter since the author really emphasize how common it is for kids living in small towns to do those kind of stuff.
Nevertheless, I also like the mystery aspect of this book. The author cleverly introduces claims as we proceed through the story, giving us more and more information so we can try to use our logic to solve the mystery. There is also a recall chapter to help remind us what we currently know once in a while, coming in form of draft articles Camille wrote or simply just Camille sorting out the information in her head.
The key takeaway I get from this book would be the importance of love and care. The kids aren’t the only party wanting attention and love, parents also feel bad when their kids don’t care about them or ignore them. Most of the tragedies in this book happened because of jelousy from not getting attention from the parents and the parent’s anxiety of not being loved by their own children. It’s hard to live by without anyone who care about you. Talking to your special someone might just be the drive you need when you’re feeling down.
To conclude, while sharp objects include a large amount of “those things”, it is a very enjoyable mystery novel that addresses the current problems in highschool and also the importance of love and care. I wouldn’t recommend this to younger kids, but I believe mystery fans my age (17+) should try reading at least one of Gillian Flynn’s novel once.
Ps. The narration of those scenes were really great :)