music: matchbox 20 - back 2 good
rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Review for “True Things About Me” - Deborah Kay Davies
Fuuuuuuucccckkkk…lemme collect my thoughts for a minute.
This is a simple read, but a hard one. The chapters are short, there’s even a healthy dose of black humor. There were times that I found I could read on and on and relate wholeheartedly to the main character (she’s never given a name, btw) but there were other times that I was so disgusted by what was occurring that I just had to collect my bearings and walk away from her for a bit. This book is disturbing but engrossing, you’re immediately swept up in the tale of a normal woman who, over the course of just a few meetings, becomes completely obsessed with Mr. Wrong. And when I say Mr. Wrong, I literally mean the worse man possible: a criminal who steals from her, abuses her physically, abandons her, and manages to destroy everything in her life in the process—her relationships with family, friends, her sanity, her job.
This book is an uncomfortable read, but a necessary one. In reading some of the reviews online, it makes perfect sense that some people hate this book. Reading about a physically and emotionally abusive relationship doesn’t make for the most delightful reading experience. At so many times in the book you want to grab this girl and shake her and scream for her to come back to her senses, leave this guy, to run (not walk!) away. But she doesn’t. The writing is lovely and shows how easily blurred the lines are between sanity and insanity, healthy and unhealthy relationships.
I would recommend this book. But, be warned…