Mixed Opinions // Elizabeth is Missing Review

I finished Elizabeth is Missing a while ago, but I’ve only just found time to write this, so here we go:

This book intrigued me from the start. In White Stuff, a shop in Cardiff, there’s a mini library where you can read books for a bit while your companion or companions try on clothes, and there were a gazillion copies of this book. So I read part of it. I was quite interested.

A year later my mother bought it for my auntie for her birthday, as she requested it and I’d said it looked good, and all was well.

However, she hated it.

There were no hard feelings, just a sense of disappointment when you expect so much from a book and you don’t see the appeal. So Mum decided to read it.

However, she also hated it.

I was conflicted. They were convinced it dragged and couldn’t commit to reading the story. Although they both finished it they seemed to regret ever thinking about it.

So naturally, I picked it up.

I quite enjoyed it.

Sure, it wasn’t the best book I’ve read, but it was definitely not the worst.

I love a good book that brings to light things that people would not normally understand or even notice, in a way that isn’t offensive but at the same time doesn’t play down the severity of the issue.

This book is about a now elderly lady who suffers from dementia, who is convinced her friend is missing. It’s written in a way that left me feeling sympathetic but also incredibly frustrated. You feel irritated that she’s trying to cling onto independence when she obviously needs help, yet you feel her pain when her daughter gets angry at her when she’s only trying to help, or have some sense of freedom. You notice that she is treated more like a child than an adult, and with all those years of life behind you, you’re far more developed and intelligent than a child. Yet at the same time you can no longer thrive alone. It must be heartbreaking. As someone with elderly grandparents I’ve watched them get weaker as their health has gotten worse and both my parents have had to step in more and more to make sure they have everything they need, with varying results.

Dementia must be a different story altogether.

The ending is also something that would seem unusual to us, but perfectly reasonable for someone with dementia. The revelation was unexpected to me, but the closure was messy and I was left feeling a little confused despite it being a standalone story. The mystery was unraveled almost instantly once the revelation was unfolded but at the same time it was incredibly complex. Was that the intention? I know something else that’s a little confusing and that’s the human brain, so that could explain a lot. We have a habit of overcomplicating things and being melodramatic, which is reflected in the situations Maud faces.

One thing I do admire though is the fact that the protagonist is far from perfect. Most books aim to make the protagonist a role model and an almost flawless character who makes mistakes but is overall enviable and admirable. Here it is most definitely not the case, and although Maud can be seen as endearing and even funny at times, it seems like she’s more of a nuisance than the hero in this book.

That is what makes it intriguing, and that is why I like it.

What are your thoughts?

The Pokémon Book Tag

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This is a tag made by The Writing Hufflepuff, and I love Pokémon and books so it felt like a no brainer to do!

Your starter Pokémon
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I can’t really pinpoint the exact book I started with, but the most poignant for me were the Malory Towers series. My mother gave me these when I was a kid, and they used to be hers, so I treasure them dearly even though they’re falling apart and the language used makes me cringe a little now! I used to love them when I was younger though, and the fact that I used to read them over and over again makes them deserve a special place in my heart

Gotta catch ’em all!
Five books you really need to ‘catch’.

The Art of Being Normal, On the Other Side, Maestra, Room, and The Bloody Chamber.

A legendary Pokémon appeared!
A special edition/signed copy you own.

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I also have a signed version of Fangirl but that’s at University, and I am not at the moment. However in 2014 I got to meet Rainbow Rowell with my best friend and she signed Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl! I admire her work and her as a person so much.

Magikarp has evolved in Gyarados!
A book that started out weak but turned out to be really good.

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Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde. I don’t think it was weak story wise but it took me a while to grasp such an unusual concept, but once I did I was addicted!

Jigglypuff uses Sing!
A book that made you fall asleep.

Mrs Dalloway. I’m sorry all you hip Virginia Woolf fans, but the whole ‘stream of consciousness thing’ drove me up the wall. I never finished it, but I had to study it so I got the general idea of the whole thing. I also wrote an essay on it. What fun.

Skitty uses Attract!
A book you fell in love with.

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Ready Player One. If you’re into video-gaming, or sci-fi, or even dystopian futures, READ IT. Oh man, it’s my favourite book. I mean, I will surrender to clichés and say that I love Harry Potter A LOT. However I kind of knew I was going to, so it wasn’t so much of an ‘OH MY WORD WHY DID I NOT READ THIS SOONER’ kind of feeling? And to think if my friend had never encouraged me to read it would have taken me even longer to find this goldmine of a book. I love it.

The Elite Four
Your top four books.

Other than Ready Player One, because we’ve already established my love for that.

The Martian, by Andy Weir
I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Your Pokédex
A photo of the books you’ve ‘caught’.

The first two are my (very messy) shelves at home, and then the bottom image is my bookshelf at University! There may be some books in both pictures because I took some home over the Easter holidays, and my Mortal Instruments books look incomplete because I’m lending them to a friend. I’m rapidly running out of shelf space!

Masterball
A book you need a Masterball for to ‘catch’ it- a.k.a. a lot of money.

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My copy of The Hobbit was the most expensive book I’ve ever bought. It was worth it though, because it’s GORGEOUS. It’s also a hardback, and it has a map in it. Oh man.

 

So that’s it! If anyone wants to use it, it’s not my tag so *shrugs*. I’m not really one to use tags often but I find them really useful if you’re out of more creative ideas or you’re starting out, or even if you want to show off your pretty books! I don’t know. It’s 12am. I need to be up at 6. I’m going to bed.