Z // Book Review

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

     So a few months back, I made a trip to Barnes and Noble by myself and picked up a few books, one of them being Z by Therese Anne Fowler. Admittedly between summer classes and having a social life (as well as a Netflix addiction) I didn't get around to finishing it until yesterday. The book is absolutely amazing though, I'm not about rating things, like, four stars out of five! Or whatever, because with books that's just too hard for me, but I would definitely read it again and recommend it to anyone who is curious about the Fitzgerald's, loves the 20's, liked Midnight in Paris or Gatsby, or just wants a good read. The author did an amazing job researching their lives and then fictionalizing it in a way that feels beyond real and lets the reader really peer into the soul and emotions of Zelda Fitzgerald. I was hooked.

     Without giving anything away, I figured I'd make a little list of the elements I particularly enjoyed about the book, and if any of you have read it, I'd love to geek out about it with you!

  • When Zelda and Scott first fall in love, you feel as if you're taking the ride with them, and from that point on you are caught up right in the middle of it all. You take the trip alongside the characters and feel their joys and pains.
  • The absolutely infuriating sexism that existed in the time and caused Zelda so much trouble. I wanted to scream and punch certain characters in the face, to tell Zelda to go and do what makes her happy. I love books that cause such strong reactions within me.
  • Fowler's idea of why Zelda hated Hemingway so strongly. Loved it.
  • The incorporation of letters into the storyline.
  • The fact that the ending absolutely pulled at my heart strings and caused me to just sit in silence for a minute or two. 
  • And lastly, the descriptions of the fashion, people, and homes were just great, in my opinion.

     As I said, I would definitely recommend this book, and since ideal reading season is nearly upon us, it's going to be the perfect time to curl up with a new book and spend the day immersed in it's world.

Love and Sunshine,
Rya Pie

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