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Doll by Nicky Singer
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[b:Doll|1438044|Doll|Nicky Singer|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1183588144s/1438044.jpg|1428622] was both really weird and really good. I wasn't too impressed for about the first fifty pages- it was really awkwardly written (the narrator changing did not work smoothly) and the story was so unclear. However, I really got into it after that and it began to make a lot more sense. Tilly is an odd character and really hard to like at the start but I warmed to her as we found out more about her story. Jan was much more interesting and we found out his background faster than Tilly's. There are definitely a lot of dark themes running through this book but they're handled well and it was a sweet enough story. I still don't really understand the deal with Gerda though- that whole part of the story felt forced and weird to me. ( )
  nicola26 | Mar 30, 2013 |
A book that tricks you into thinking that Tilly's Mother has committed suicide and that Tilly found the body and this mentally unbalances her. (She thinks the doll her mother made is speaking to her.) Then the introduction of the character Jan starts to tip the reader back into the world of reality, as Jan seldom speaks but watches and knows what is really going on. Tilly's mother is an alcoholic and Tilly lives with her and her grandmother, who is always spouting how wonderful HER husband was, with Tilly's father living in the neighbourhood. After Tilly's mother is sent off to rehab once again, Tilly clutches the doll (Gerda) her mother supposedly made (Tilly made it herself out of her mother's biker leathers), pretends her mother is dead and starts doing very foolish things like playing "chicken" on the train track. It is while doing this that she meets Jan, an adopted Chilean boy, who is forever wondering what became of his real mother. Jan is fascinated by Tilly and her doll because he himself keeps some Guatemalan "worry" dolls and pretends they were given to him by his real mother. The book alternates each chapter between each of these characters. We witness Tilly being bullied by the local "it" girl and her cronies; a girl who also throws herself at Jan but then suffers at Tilly's hands at her father's restaurant. ( Tilly puts a spice she is allergic to into her dish!) This book gets better the more you read as family secrets are revealed.
  nicsreads | Jan 12, 2008 |
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