This book. THIS BOOK. When you read this book, you need a sponsor. Do not attempt to read this book alone without anyone to text or call when things get bad. Because they WILL get bad. Imagine how bad you think they can get and times that by 100. When I was halfway through the book and thought it couldn’t get any worse I read this sentence.
“Later, when things got bad, I would wonder what I could have said or done.”
Oh my God. When things got bad? WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN? THINGS ARE ALREADY BAD!
It is a horrible horrible book that you can’t stop reading. Having said that, the writing is wonderful. It is 800+ pages (paperback version) and you must read every.single.word on every.single.page. Yanagihara flips back and forth in time in the middle of what seems like nothing and if you aren’t paying attention you could miss something major. Someone dies, freaking dies, in the middle of a paragraph. No warning, nothing.
It is psychotic and compelling. I had literal hives and heart palpitations through about 500 pages. I would never suggest someone else read it unless I know them. Since I don’t know you, I can’t suggest you read it. But if you do, you won’t be able to put it down or forget it.
Disclaimer: there are triggers of every kind. Drugs, cutting, suicide, sexual abuse. If you have any problems reading about these things, do not read this book.
2016 Reading Challenge: a book that’s more than 600 pages