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I had started this book a year or so a go and got halfway through it before setting it down for other things I picked it up again recently and started at the beginning. I will say this, there wasn’t anything in this story or with the story telling method that spoke to me. I wouldn’t say it was bad, it was entertaining. However it had nothing special for me.

I sometimes finding myself talking back to the book I am reading. Often times I might be yelling at the characters. I think this isn’t a criticism of the books I do this too, but rather speaks to a trueness that comes through in the characters. It is a sign of good writing. I never found myself talking to the characters in this book. I found myself yelling at the author. The most blatant thing I would have yelled at this author if she were actually here would be that a guy threatening a girls life is not romantic. Seriously Meyer seems to only right love interests for her female characters that at least once threaten to kill the character. It happened in the sparkly vampire books and it happened twice in this book. I know I am a guy, but still. I mean strangling someone and trying to kill them isn’t really a pick up line. Even worse is the female characters come to think of these threatening men as being sweet and tender and understanding. I would also suggest she seek therapy for this, it is very disturbing.

There were a couple of chuckles in this book, I think my favorite was near the end when one character said “I don’t want to be a plant.” And if that doesn’t make you giggle a little then you probably wouldn’t find much humor in this book at all.

Back to something else that bothered me was that this book took the viewpoint that many parts of our personality came from our physical bodies and not our minds. I don’t mean the result of having lived our lives in our physical bodies but rather the body itself. Two examples is that character in the story, hey if you didn’t know it already this is basically an invasion of the body snatchers story, gets put into a body that is shy and then that character is shy. More prominently through out the book is that your body has a say in who you love. Not who you find physically attractive but who you love. There are examples of body snatching aliens displacing a married human couple and because they have the bodies, they find themselves in love with each other just because the original body did.

The author once said that this story had a message of positive body image. As far as I can tell this plays out in the book by having the body snatching aliens really love being in human bodies and the humans really not wanting to give up their bodies to aliens. At least it is better than the sparkly vampire books that had a message of traditional gender roles.

So yeah, its work a read but there is so much more worth reading before this book.

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