In Unbearable Lightness, de Rossi re-tells her story of becoming a child model, and later of her success as a Hollywood actor. Specifically, she talks about her relationship with food – how it changes throughout her life, and how it defines the way that she lives. It’s obvious to the reader from very early on that this relationship is unhealthy, and yet de Rossi continually defends her choices and beliefs.
The narrative of Kaysen’s memoir is much less linear than that of the film – the story is told in an episodic manner, as well as including copies of medical records and bits of other things like song lyrics. At times, I found it a bit hard to follow since I had to “place” episodes in relation to other bits of the narrative, but ultimately it worked out.
Just like in the previous book, I absolutely loved the concept behind the series. Real life teenagers ending up as the Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Freaking awesome! It’s a whole new way to approach “issue” novels without seeming overly preachy or glossing over the scary bits.
There were things about The Boy in the Burning House that I really enjoyed, and things that I didn’t enjoy so much. Overall, it was a pretty good read: the storyline was interesting and unique, particularly captivating as the narrator is a teenage boy trying to move on and live his life after the mysterious disappearance of his father.
I seem to be reading a fair number of books about meth addiction this year; not particularly sure why. There’s just something interesting about methamphetamines – and their abuse – that I can’t describe objectively. Maybe it’s the strength of the addiction? The difficulty of beating it? I don’t know.