I have a thing about reading books from the perspective of people who aren’t necessarily all there in their mind. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. I just think they have a more interesting perspective than the average person. I really enjoy being pulled from my normal way of thinking into these strange ways.
One of my favorites is “Sharp Objects,” by Gillian Flynn. She has a mental disorder that makes her want to harm herself. She cuts words into her upper thighs and other hide-able places, and she suffers so much.
In the book, the main character is a reporter who is sent on an assignment back to her hometown to cover the murders of two teenage girls. She is forced to face her past, and she meets some new peoples along the way. She finds herself identifying with the dead girls, which is unsettling to her (as well as the reader).
The book has lots of twists and turns in the plot, and the point of view is so unique from other literary characters. It’s a really good book, and I would recommend it to just about anyone. It does have some strong language and a few adult scenes, so I wouldn’t let younger teens or kids read it, though. It’s more for a mature audience.
Not only does the main character have a serious disorder, but another surprising character turns out to be a little crazy too. And it comes completely out of the blue, which is awesome. So, not only do you find yourself shocked at this turn of events, but the realization that this character is unhealthy creates a rush to save another girl from possible death.
I haven’t read any of Flynn’s other books, but I would like to. Her writing style is captivating, and she knows how to weave a plot into itself in a way that many authors are unable to match. So what are you waiting for? Go out and pick up a copy today!