Title: I Have Some Questions for You
Author: Rebecca Makkai
Circling back to a book I read last month and have yet to review for #thrillerthursday
This one is extremely difficult to review because there were so many aspects that I liked about the book, but it was so long and complicated to get there. The author is a brilliant writer, but maybe crammed too many ideas into this one. I did the audio thanks to @librofm and having Julia Whelan in my ears kept me going when I felt like my bookmark wasn’t moving and I was never going to get to the finish line.
Our main character Bodie, is a successful professor and podcaster eager to forget her miserable past from her teenage years at boarding school. Not just your typical teenage stuff, but her roommate Thalia was murdered, yes murdered, during the spring of their senior year. Found guilty was the school’s athletic trainer, Omar, though his conviction was hotly debated online. Bodie graduated and moved from the east coast to the west coast. She needed to get away from all of this. Let it go. But when her former boarding school invites her back to teach a course she finds herself drawn back into the case.
The way this book is written is very clever. You’ll immediately understand why the title is what it is. It especially shines in the audio and makes it almost a little eery. Then there is another side of it that is written almost in a literary fiction way. Is Literary Thriller a thing!? The author will have you pondering some deep issues:
💫 A Black teacher being convicted and a white teacher hardly looked at
💫 A teacher hanging out with students
💫 Age of consent - a 21 year old female comes after a 30something well known artist on twitter because she felt taken advantage of
💫 Cancel Culture
💫 Me Too Movement
Overall I would give this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 and would recommend the audio route! I hesitate saying this would make a good book club pick because it’s so long and maybe people would bail on it, but it does have a lot of things that would make for great converstations.
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