Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wendy Wunder - The Museum of Intangible Things: Book Review

Title: The Museum of Intangible Things
Author: Wendy Wunder
Rating: 3/5

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciancekarma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of MiraclesThe Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.


I can now understand why some people say that this is a WEIRD book. But let me talk about it first.
Well, the cover's really  PRETTY. That's one of the reasons why I took hold of this book, in the first place. Plus, I like the whole road trip idea so I thought, hey this is going to be awesome. 

It's not actually a bad book; in fact, it was pretty interesting especially if you can find the patience to go on reading it after the first couple of chapters or so. It's important for a book to really be able to grab its readers firsthand so that they'd go on reading it. This one kind of lacked that so if you're not that interested then you might not go on once you feel like, "What in the world am I reading?"

But after that, if you actually go on and read it, you'll realize that it's actually good in its own way. I like how it talks about truths and how people often perceive truth differently; we all see lives with our own set of eyes and sometimes, we don't look at it the same way that somebody else does. This book delves into that--and the pain of being a person whom people do not believe in. 

This book also talks about the struggles of teenagers who have not been parented well, or who want a taste of the world with their own hands. It talks about wanting to break free and wanting to feel all the emotions that one needs to feel. I think the author wanted people to think about the story in their own way and to actually peel it layer by layer to see what's inside.

It's a heartbreaking book, in  a way, especially because even if it's weird as weird can be, there are times when you'd feel for the characters and you'd actually wish that they get their happy endings. (No it's not a love story, but then again you'd have to read for yourself).

This story is a diamond in the rough. Read it all the way through so you'd understand why I said so. 

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