August 21, 2010
Leaving The World & Readers Too
“On the night of my thirteenth birthday, I made an announcement. I am never getting married and I am never having children.” This is what Jane proclaimed and believed to be true. But life never turns out to be as we planned.
From the first sentence, I could already relate to the main character. I have said these two sentences on numerous occasions. Reading further, I realized that Jane also has a tendency to keep her feelings or whatever was eating at her under wraps. I too am guilty of this and afraid of people preying on my vulnerabilities.
Soon Jane discovers that life is totally random. Then a tragedy occurs and she has no choice but to essentially leave the world. She cancels all her credit cards, closes all accounts, quits her Professor job, and flees everything familiar.
The book is a lengthy read at 480 pages. I really enjoyed the first half. It is not a page-turner, but I found myself reading just to see what unfortunate event happens to Jane next. Overall, it is a depressing story that only made me think there is always someone worse off than you. Maybe that was the author’s intended message. Nevertheless, the book would have been better without the last 100 pages or so. It seemed like I was reading a totally different story toward the end. Jane was so busy leaving the world that she left me, and other readers, too.
It was okay, but I struggled to finish the ending.