If you haven't seen the television show "Gilmore Girls" you are missing on out on some fast talking, diner food eating, book reading goodness. This blog is about celebrating the book reading aspect, but you might also find additional references to "Gilmore Girls" or reading in general throughout. Some awesome soul compiled a list of 349 books read or featured on "Gilmore Girls", and this blog is my attempt to read all of them in two years. Join me for the good, the bad, the oh-my-gosh-i-don't-wanna-read-that, and more. For every book I complete, I will be donating books to children.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Virgin Suicides

I finished reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides a few days ago.


The book is just so...wow.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

I remember loving it when I read it originally, shortly after it first became available in paperback, and I loved it then too. I also really enjoyed the movie—one of the few book to movie adaptations I have liked.

The movie, via Amazon.com for $2.99 USD 
The movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Kathleen Turner, James Woods, and many other talented actors and actresses.

A still from the film.
This story is in some ways so true to life with regard to teenage suburban monotony, and in other ways just so surreal that it is hard to really let go once you are done. This is one of the books that can stop me in my tracks and make me not want to read or watch tv or listen to music for several days after finishing it because, even at nearly 40 years old, I still feel like a teenager stuck and waiting for life to happen. Unfortunately, the Lisbon girls weren't able to wait out those feelings. 

Reading this book, I have the same compulsion as the boys in the story—an incredible need to know the Lisbon girls, to understand them as sisters and as individuals. Although the book focuses quite a bit on Lux, the second oldest of the girls, it is Cecilia, the youngest and the first to commit suicide, that I find most interesting. What compels her to make her first attempt? What causes her to throw herself out the window in the second attempt? She is younger than her sisters, but in many ways much older. I wish I knew more of her story.

The trailer for the movie...

And, just for fun, here is the trailer in German...

A video montage about the sisters from the movie:

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