52 Book Challenge: Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara

14 Jun

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{Proceed with caution, light spoilers all up in this bitch}

You know that kid in high school English class who would always try to write something gory, sexual and shocking when a creative writing assignment came up? The one who was hell-bent on freaking out a teacher and convincing the class he was “totally so messed up?” Everyone else knew they were just doing it for attention. They weren’t really a deep, dark soul full of twisted passion. They were just an angsty teenager.

Now imagine if that person wrote a book and, without knowing who it was by, you accidentally read it. That was pretty much my experience with Snakes & Earrings. I mean, this is a “cult classic” (or so says the book cover… and the fact that it was made into a movie), but I spent the few hours of my life this book ate up shouting “WHY GOD WHY.” Not, you know, literally. This was metaphorical shouting.

Basically it’s about a girl who is so super edgy dark you can’t even UNDERSTAND HER PAIIIIINNN. She wants a tongue ring like uber bad. It’s pretty much the plot of the book. She’s going to get a tongue ring and make it bigger and bigger until she can have a split “snake” tongue like her boyfriend. Said boyfriend is really obnoxious and has lots of tattoos and red hair. They’re both alcoholics.

There is one (yes, ONE) other fleshed out character in this book: a tattoo artist who is also a sexual sadist. Cause, you know, this is a DARK AND EDGY BOOK that totally GOES THERE and DOESN’T HOLD BACK. And we all know that BDSM is dark and edgy and can NEVER be romantic, sweet, or sensual. It’s just violence. I guess my love of Tiffany Reisz is just delusional.

You know Batman’s song in the Lego movie? It should have been playing through this entire book. DARKNESS. NO PARENTS. CURTAINS DRAWN. IN THE BASEMENT. The entire, and I do mean entire, book is spent on how daaark and loooonely and haaard life is for our poor messed up heroine. We get no reason as to why. Did something happen in her past? Who fucking knows! The author can’t write backstory for shit! It’s awful. I hated it.

But it did have some really cool descriptions of tattoos, so at least it had that going for it. Oh, and if you’re 13 I bet you will love this. Because, like, society totally just doesn’t get these kids man.

Rating

Book 46 Snakes & Earrings

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Side note: I am up to book 63 on my actual reading pace. I need to hurry up with these damn reviews.

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    This sound like a book I read recently (Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite) that has the ‘I’m so edgy it HURTS’ feel. I’m going to have to check this out.

    Maybe by ‘cult classic’ they mean it’s a hit on the message boards or facebook groups or where ever young people talk to each other?

    Clearly, neither of us are dark or edgy enough ^^ LOL

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      Oh god, Poppy Z Brite! Definitely a “wow look I’m SO EDGY” author. I actually gravitate towards darker literature but stuff like this just lays it on so thick it’s hilarious. I remember giggling at a Poppy Z Brite story because it was trying SO HARD to be out there and daaark. Okay, honey, we get it. You’re a tortured soul.

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