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Please tell me what you liked about "We need to talk about Kevin"

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Pandoraneedsbugs Mon 24-Aug-09 20:31:23

and did you read it to the end

I didnt even make it to the end of the first letter

Yawn yawn and thrice yawn

Overmydeadbody Mon 24-Aug-09 20:32:36

I didn't make it past apge one.

Couldn't see the point in reading something like that when there are good books out there wating to be read.

I'll join in the yawning

Pandoraneedsbugs Mon 24-Aug-09 20:32:52

It has won prizes
rave reviews
very popular

I dont get why but would love to hear the opininon of someone who does

Pandoraneedsbugs Mon 24-Aug-09 20:33:20

he he - I made it to page 3

TheDMshouldbeRivened Mon 24-Aug-09 20:33:53

I did read it but foud it disturbing

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Mon 24-Aug-09 20:34:48

very well written, intriguing description of a mother who really doesn't like her child. raised lots of questions about society etc etc.

i disliked all the characters, i dislike the writer but have to admit loved the book.

emkana Mon 24-Aug-09 20:35:28

I was fascinated by the question whether the child was "bad" due to bad mothering or whether the mother was failing because she had given birth to an "evil" child.

francagoestohollywood Mon 24-Aug-09 20:35:31

I loved every bit of it.

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Mon 24-Aug-09 20:36:07

exactly emkana

TheDMshouldbeRivened Mon 24-Aug-09 20:36:12

I wondered that emkana but he seemed bad from the off

msrisotto Mon 24-Aug-09 20:37:06

Try to stick with it.
I read it a while ago but think i skipped some of the early stuff, it does get really good.

RoseBlossoms Mon 24-Aug-09 20:37:31

I did like the book and the twist of sorts at the end.

I like to re-read books but this one i've never been able to get back into. I did have a bit more time when first read it!

Pandoraneedsbugs Mon 24-Aug-09 20:38:16

Emkana - yes I was interested in that question, nature nurture etc
Very interesting

but I couldnt get past page 3

I had a flick through the rest and put it in the charity shop bag

I found the mothers dislike of her child disturbing
And the tedious minutae detail she goes into........

I understood why she and her husband split up

francagoestohollywood Mon 24-Aug-09 20:38:28

It is a great work of speculations.

brimfull Mon 24-Aug-09 20:39:41

I was also interested in the nature nurture question and also very intriqued at the thought of her having such horrid feelings towards her son

I liked the book

megcleary Mon 24-Aug-09 20:40:16

i thought it was well written

bless my poor sister without thinking she recommended it to me not long after i had a misscarriage then kept saying leave it oh its not good etc

even in the frame of mind i was in at the time i managed to finish it and then DH read it

emkana Mon 24-Aug-09 20:40:18

When I read it I felt that at the baby stage the child is certainly difficult, but she chooses to interpret it as manipulative and evil, when with a different mother potentially things could have developed differently?

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 24-Aug-09 20:40:41


FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 24-Aug-09 20:41:16

And finally gave up half way.

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Mon 24-Aug-09 20:41:39

she didn't split up with her husband!

SemperEadem Mon 24-Aug-09 20:43:55

I did actually enjoy it. I had to persevere but am thankful I did! Its just so bloody chilling. I swayed between feeling empathy for the mum and then hating her at the same time.

Pandoraneedsbugs Mon 24-Aug-09 20:47:19

What did happen to him eleanor?
I just imagined they split up because he thought 'God this woman rambles on and on about the most boring of things' (pasta?) and 'she writes ridiculously long letters' and 'She is a cold hard woman who lacks empathy'

EleanoraBuntingCupcake Mon 24-Aug-09 20:48:33

aha! you will have to read it.

francagoestohollywood Mon 24-Aug-09 20:48:41

ha ha, we won't tell grin

She is not a cold woman, far from it, btw

SemperEadem Mon 24-Aug-09 20:49:16

But that may spoil it Pandora for any other people reading the thread! What happens to him is the most chilling aspect of the book!

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