Welcome to my fourth installment of my books into fashion posts (check out the others here).
The books I chose to showcase this week are a little bit different. So far I had mostly chosen my favorite juvenile books – books you would read as a child/early teen (even though some I read as an adult, and enjoyed every bit). The first book I want to talk about is the Help by Kathryn Stockett. I’m going to go ahead and say I enjoyed reading the book a million times better than the movie. And that the real subject of the movie goes much deeper than the book, movie, or my little Polyvore set here could be. It pains me to think of how horrible people were to other people back then – and then I think about how we have not changed very much.
Young Skeeter has aspirations of becoming a writer, and decides to do it by secretly writing of the lives of their maids, thus trying to carry on the legacy of Aibileen’s dead son. Skeeter meets hurdles from her own social circle of ladies who pretend to be prim and proper on the outside, and the maids themselves who are tired of being treated as invisible people. I read this book on a whim back in October after being stuck in a New York airport with a 6 hour flight ahead of me.
The next book I have here is probably one of the most strange books I have read, if you’ve read it, you probably know what I mean. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks) is a diary of a girl chronicling her cataclysmic downfall from society and real life. I feel like this is one of those books that they make teens read to scare the shit out of them (I never read it as a teen, I don’t even remember seeing it! I think it may have been banned from my school?)
We are never given her name (her name is not Alice, it refers to Alice in Wonderland from the White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane song). Our young main character frets over her social life, you could call her a loser, but soon finds that her father has taken a job in another city and she gets to start a new life. Well that new life is just as miserable as the old one, and she gets the chance to go back to her old town and visit her grandparents for the summer break. She doesn’t find it odd when the cool kids who didn’t pay attention to her before invite her to a party – all her former schoolmates are there, and cans of soda are passed around, and she soon begins to feel strange. Most of the cans, it turns out, were laced with LSD, and here begins her foray into this dark world of drugs. Acid, marijuana, cocaine, etc…the book deals with coming of age, family, relationships, depression, drugs, mental illness, sex/pregnancy, abuse, bullying, running away, death, friendships, and all sorts of real life problems – the problem is that they’re all in just one book, and it almost becomes too much and too unbelievable. And the character is overly dramatic, to the point that you may find it funny!
The book vacillates between her confusion about wanting to do drugs but also not wanting to do them anymore. This book was set in the 70’s, we don’t know where she lives originally, but know she runs away to San Francisco. Counter culture and teen rebellion all rolled into one.
Both of these books have been a little more controversial than the other books I’ve chosen – have you read either, neither, or both of these books before? (Go Ask Alice is pretty short, I read it in two days).
And hope you are enjoying my series, maybe I can convince you to read one of the books if you haven’t already 🙂
Also, if you have any books you’d like to recommend to me or suggestion for me to do a set, please do so. I’m open to just about anything as long as I have the time for it 🙂