The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides: I know what you are thinking. You are saying to me, "But Nicole, you hated The Marriage Plot. Why on earth did you choose this book?" Well dear readers, I loved the Coppola movie and this was supposed to be a fantastic book. Did it live up to the build up? Read on, please.
The narrator tells us the tale of the Lisbon sisters, five neighborhood beauties whose parents treat them like porcelain dolls on display until the youngest, Cecilia, attempts suicide. Things only go downhill when she succeeds on her second try during the girls' first and only party. The Lisbon parents remove the remaining sisters from school and lock them up behind closed doors. The family only grows more peculiar until one day the girls invite the neighborhood boys over to help them run away. The only problem is that the girls intend to leave in a much different manner.
I have to say, the beauty and the heartbreak of this book surprised and heartened me. I was floored by my intense feelings of defense for the Lisbon girls in my head as I turned the final few pages of the book--by how protective I felt of them and how right I thought they might have been regardless of their horrible choice of rebellion.
As I said earlier, I loved the movie and I was hoping that this book would live up to my expectations. It most certainly did and I am thankful I picked it up and gave this world a chance.