I'm reading The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.
It's interesting, but definitely not heart-warming.
There are books that help you escape into a fantastic world. It's a nice distraction. Although I love my own life, it's nice to be a high priestess vampire for a days or or a woman reunited with her many-lives soulmate.
The Slap is not that type of book. Instead it's the type of book that makes me very grateful to be me AND not a character in the book.
The book has a lot of drinking, smoking, and other types of drug-taking. That's just not something that's part of my life. I mean I definitely know people who drink. And I probably have people in my life who do other drugs. They probably don't discuss it with me because I don't do drugs. Or maybe I wrongly assume lots of people are taking drugs. It's like when I was in high school and thought everyone except me was having sex.
I'm not really loving this book, because there's no character I can truly relate to, or respect. And there's no character I can aspire to. You know, I love Hermione because I can relate to her. I am often consulting books. I love to read. I love to learn. I can be a bit idealistic. At the same time, I look up to her because she has a magic wand, and knows how to make Polyjuice Potion.
I don't mind books that show human weaknesses. In fact, if a book doesn't show human weakness, it's crap. But The Slap is the type of book where the weaknesses strongly outweigh the good stuff. ALTHOUGH I haven't finished with the book. Aisha sounds like a character I MIGHT like. I haven't gotten to her chapter yet.