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Fashion Book: Gone Girl

2013 January 24

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.

Fashion Book--Gone Girl
Fashion Book–Gone Girl by jldurso featuring lace tops  
Have you read Gone Girl yet? What did you think of it?
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  1. January 24, 2013

    Gah, I enjoyed Gone Girl. I listened to it as an audiobook on my move from LA to Austin. They had two readers, one male and one female, and it was the perfect thing to keep me distracted through the neverending desert.

    I just read Flynn’s novel Dark Places and, while it’s not as good as Gone Girl, it was pretty intense and absorbing too!

  2. Nancy permalink
    January 24, 2013

    I liked Gone Girl…but the second half was too gimmicky for me. I enjoyed the first half much better when I was invested in figuring out what happened and the plot felt more plausible. I would consider reading her other books, though, as it’s nice to have a “go-to” author for quick reads every once in a while.

  3. Julia permalink
    January 25, 2013

    ***SPOILER ALERT**** I read that book quickly, and mostly liked it, too. But the end REALLY offended my feminist sensibilities. All we need is another obsessive, unhinged, hysterical female character, entrapping an imperfect but still “lovable” male. Ew. Sweet outfit, though.

    • Jill permalink
      January 25, 2013

      I totally agree with you, Julia. The book really fell apart for me toward the end, and I think the ending was completely farfetched, if not just totally unbelievable.

    • Angela permalink
      January 26, 2013

      I really enjoyed reading this book after all the reviews about it, but and I say but again I was not pleased with the ending!

  4. January 26, 2013

    For me, this book just really drove home the point that there are lots of terrible people who do terrible things and are terrible to each other. And then it all just keeps being terrible. I thought the ending was effective in a “look how fucked up people are and there’s nothing you can do about it!” kind of way, which is what I thought she was going for. So…I enjoyed it?

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