This week, I’ll be talking about Rabbit Ears, by Maggie de Vries.
Well. The cover looks familiar (Delusion Road, TAOGSA and Brannan filter), but that’s just me. This also deals with sex, albeit sex work, and looks very, very, very sad. I’ll save this until I’m being annoying. It’ll probably shut me up quick. But anyway, the Robert Pickton (aka the most infamous Canadian serial killer) twist (and the real life relation) are certainly unexpected… I’d like to see how this goes.
Some stories are hard to tell. Some stories are hard to listen to. Some stories are hard to read. Some stories are unsettling, uncomfortable and upsetting. Rabbit Ears is all of theses and more. It deserves to be read, at the very least.
Now, I can’t say this book was enjoyable – at no point in these 288 pages was I happy or in a pleasant mood. Admittedly, half the reason is the subject matter (drug addiction and prostitution) but the other was definitely the style of writing. Using the form of writing usually only found in choose-your-own-adventure books, (You, you and you) was an unsettling experience. I could never settle in with the story, simply because I could not relate, not one iota, to what the main character was experiencing. I imagine that this book would be more powerful for those who have had experiences like her, or see traits in her that they share, but as her literal polar opposite, I was extremely uncomfortable.
I couldn’t relate to Kaya at all. I couldn’t understand her decisions – but as I read on, I came to a minor understanding of what her life was. Not enough to satisfy me, but what would life be if I read books with characters just like me?
Fortunately, this book was a fast paced, quick read – as much as I felt awkward, I still wanted to know more (and come to a resolution). In fact, the plot twist… that dude… for those of you that have read it, was completely shocking and pissed me off. People like that are why we can’t have nice things.
The conclusion was satisfying – well, as satisfying as it could be, and even though I didn’t enjoy the story, it was worth the read. The fact that it is based on the story of the author’s sister really hit home: although I couldn’t image that happening in real life, a woman out there really did live it. It’s upsetting and unsettling, at the very least.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The murderer of the Sarah De Vries (the author’s sister) and many other women is currently trying to publish a book on Amazon – if you are interested, sign this petition to get him banned!
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