“I had been meaning to read this for quite some time, and started it after the TV series aired. In retrospect, I wish I'd read it before watching the series, as knowing what was going to happen the whole way through was a bit of a let-down. I also think after all the 'hype', it wasn't as good as I had expected. The characters were so vastly removed from my experience of life (I think it was all the drug use that made me feel this) that it was hard to really identify with anyone, and, as a consequence, hard to care about any of them. I found I was losing interest midway through, probably because I'd already seen the series. I was interested in the differences between the series and book, and felt that the book was probably closer to how things would have played out. They obviously felt the need to 'up' the drama for the series - e.g. the court scene, and Anouk's decision and her boyfriend's response, which were quite different to the book.”
Amanda G wrote this review Saturday, April 21, 2012.