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Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny

Or, as I called the book in my head, Everyone is a Whore Except Me and Here’s Why. Better yet: The Truth About Kettle: An Autobiography by Pot.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

When I started this, knowing that it was one of the big It Books of the year, I was pretty sure I knew what to expect. I had read the publisher-provided description, which goes like this:

“Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”

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The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy Jo Sales

Bling Ring cover

“Maybe, I thought, the Bling Ring kids felt they could just walk into the stars’ homes because stars no longer shined. Maybe the Bling Ring, for all its silliness, represented a turning point in America’s relationship to celebrity.”

*In which our reviewer takes a break from her usual intelligent discussion of Serious Literature to express her love of trashy reality TV shows*

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Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Vampire cover

Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, look what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious gold material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, “Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY.”

(I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Like, the ancient Egyptians would look at this cover and say, “That’s a bit much.” It was awful.)

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

*WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Trilogies, whether they’re books or films, are always tricky to pull off because they so often fall into the same basic pattern: Part 1 introduces us to the characters and the conflict, then gives us a simplified version of the Big Climactic Ending that’s being planned for Part 3. Part 2 might introduce some new twist or conflict, but mostly its job is to set up Part 3. Part 3 is where everything pays off and the trilogy ends in either a brilliant blaze of glory, or a godawful mess. (see: Godfather III)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Let’s be honest, here: you know what The Hunger Games is. You know what it’s about, you’ve read it, you’ve seen the movie, you don’t need me to summarize it. So I’m not going to bother with a plot description, or even a detailed review listing all the reasons I like this book. Because I respect you too much.

Instead, we here at Loud Bookish Type present:

The Hunger Games
or,
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bandwagon.

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The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson

Over a year after reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson finally suckered me into continuing his series – or at least getting through the second book. This is mostly due to the fact that I saw the movie version of The Girl Who Played With Fire and got the sense that there was a lot that got cut out, so I read this to see what parts they skipped over in the movie.

First off, a quick note on the movie vs. the book: the book is structured differently from the movie, and goes into greater depth about nearly everything (this is sometimes a good thing, and sometimes a very, very bad thing). Entire characters and subplots are omitted, but the bare bones of the story is still intact. So I’d recommend the movie, but with the addition that you should read the book if you want to fully understand everything that goes on.

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