Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Get ready for a wild ride with this one. I am speechless. It is such a train wreck, crazy roller coaster ride. I guess that sums it up. WOW. I just finished this and I am having trouble thinking straight.

Lavinia is our social creature. She lives to be social. She hates to be alone, she is constantly seeking the attention of others, she chronicles her every move on social media. She is a selfie queen. Even though she has a very active social life and moves in all the right circles, she is -well a bit much. She is not a likeable character at all. She is a 23 year old wealthy Yale student, who has taken time off of college to "write" and find herself. She instead is not writing, but she is partying every night, with an excess of drugs and alcohol, living in her upscale apartment in New York. She is well known by everyone and simply tolerated by everyone. You either love her or hate her. I hated her.  Her personality is a combination of manic/depressed moods.  She is flamboyant in her dress and actions but pulls it off due to her looks and money. She not only can get into the best clubs but also has the best seats at the opera. She lives for the moment.

Meet Louise, a low key hard working "normal" person. Louise works three different jobs, barely making ends meet. She is anything but glamorous, she can't even manage to brush or color her hair half of the time. Then Louise meets Lavinia. Her life will never be the same. Lavinia as I have stated can't stand to be alone. She quickly makes Louise a permanent fixture in her life. The difference is Lavinia has the monetary means to live that lifestyle, Louise does not. Louise's life starts to spiral out of control. It appears she has it all but she in fact has nothing.

We know right from the start that Lavinia is going to end up dead. What we don't know is when and how. Is it her self destructive behavior? Or something more sinister?

Did I love this book? I did. I hated all the characters but it was such a clever book.  I am giving it 5 stars because it really deserves it. It had all the things a 5 star read require from me. It kept me up until the wee hours of the morning, because I could not put this book down. It was such an easy read, it never dragged. I can't even grasp how the author was able to come up with this stuff. She is brilliant to come up with such a dark, twisty read.

I am an ER nurse and not much shocks me. Literally I see and hear it all. This book made me uncomfortable at times so if you are offended easily it might shock you a little. But hey, isn't that why you are reading a dark, twisty thriller? Didn't you pick it up to be shocked out of your comfort zone a bit? Well this one will do it!

P.S. The cover is absolute perfection. The attention to detail, the beautiful eye perfectly made up in elaborate makeup but yet a smudge where a tear may be coming down. Captures our social creature perfectly.

5 stars from me!

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