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Saving Zoë

I DNF’d this at 150 pages because it was way too hetero for my liking, along with other reasons. But let’s start with the excessive heterosexuality and move on from there. 💁‍♀️

I don’t personally know what it’s like for straight people who write characters who are also straight, but…as a lesbian, when I read/hear that someone is completely unsatisfied in relationships with men — or even uninterested — I presume it’s because they’re more likely to be gay or asexual…not that they just haven’t found the right man yet.

So, for about a hundred pages, I’m reading about this freshman whose relationship sucks because the author hasn’t realized her sexuality is probably not straight.

In these pages, I’m coming to terms with the character casting: all white, all straight, all bland. No one has anything special about them. Echo’s pissing me off because, regardless of fucking grief, she’s betraying her dead sister and Dead Sister’s Ex-Boyfriend is letting her.

I watched the movie.

About two chapters into the book, I started watching the movie. Unimpressed, because it was blatantly different from the book, I stopped. Some chapters later, I watch the movie because the book is too reminiscent of the days I tried finding enjoyment in dating men.

The movie is monumentally different from the book, but it’s also told from a more mature standpoint.

The book’s first-person POV makes Echo even more aggravating, to the point that she feels fake/like an unreliable narrator. She’s the epitome of what’s wrong with female characters in YA, in that no matter how great the story is, weak and whiny female characters will still kill it.

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noel
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 15 February, 2011
# pages: 230
Format: Hardcover
Source: Book of the Month
Goodreads

It's been one year since the brutal murder of her older sister, Zoë, and fifteen-year-old Echo is still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and the awkward start to her freshman year proves she'll never live up to her sister's memory. Until Zoë's former boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoë's diary.
At first Echo's not interested, doubting there's anything in there she doesn't already know. But when curiosity prevails, she starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister's secret world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover the truth behind Zoë's life so that she can start to rebuild her own.
Prepare to laugh your heart out and cry your eyes out in this highly addictive tale as Alyson Noël tackles the complicated relationship between two sisters and shows how the bond can endure long after one of them is gone.

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