Fashion Book: Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was the runaway success of the book world in 2012. Everyone was either reading it, or talking about it. I got my hands on a copy over Christmas and read it during my Moby-Dick hiatus. It was the perfect antidote–suspenseful, action-packed, and totally gripping.
The story focuses on Amy and Nick Dunne, a married couple who met in New York City and moved to Nick’s hometown in Missouri to help care for his sick parents after they both lost their magazine jobs. Having grown up rich and privileged in New York, Amy is less than thrilled to make the move. She and Nick’s marriage has fallen on hard times as the two struggle with money, unemployment, Nick’s ailing parents, and the dramatic change provoked by the move. Nick borrows money from Amy to buy a bar with his twin sister, Go (short for Margo), and becomes increasingly absent and distant. Then, Amy goes missing on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, and everything changes forever.
The first half of the book is told through Nick’s point of view following Amy’s disappearance, as well as diary entries of Amy’s tracing the evolution of her relationship with Nick. This was my favorite part, as it basically sets up the situation, creates dramatic tension, and is the ultimate “he said, she said” story. You don’t know who to believe, but you’re desperate to find out what’s happened to Amy.
Flynn flips the story in the second half, and I think there were some problems, especially with the ending, but I ultimately really enjoyed reading this book. It was the first time in a long time that I couldn’t put a book down, wanting to stay up late just to read more. I finished it in 3 days–a vast contrast from Moby-Dick. I’m not normally a fan of mysteries or thrillers, but this one was so well-written that I would recommend it to anyone.
I decide to put together an outfit for Amy. Amy is the ultimate girly girl at heart–she was even the heroine of a popular children’s book series her parents wrote called Amazing Amy. As such, I wanted to create a look that would be pretty, preppy, and sultry at the same time.