Overall: Interesting commentaries on Reality TV, Social Media, Right to Die Movements, Terminal Illnesses, Internet/Gaming Culture, Religious Institutions, Family, Privacy, Community - but it's almost as though too many things prevent you from really focusing in on any one area. Would be a great selection for readers loving high-energy, drama filled pieces.
"D, I'm going to die. No matter what we do, I'm going to die. Let's at least cash in." (98)
-Glio: giving his tumor a narrative POV was a fascinating narrational tactic - and interesting way to breathe more characterization and emotional pull into the story. Still not entirely sure how I feel about it being used so frequently, it almost lessened the impact because of the frequency- "Glio understood that this was one of Jared's most treasured memories. Each time his host recalled it, the memory would fill his host with feelings of joy, warmth, and stability. Glio felt almost guilty as he absorbed every frame of it into his growing mass." (159)
-Max: Jackie's Russian Penpal: the mix of catfishing-deceit and hero-esque qualities of Max leave me confused. I would almost have rathered it just be Jackie and Hazel - Jackie doesn't need a hero, especially one who is lying to her. I'm glad when they finally met up, it was platonic. The editing help - awesome! The catfishing- still weird.
-Sister Benedict: Her vanity, hubris, and holier-than-thou character was astounding. I'm not sure what to think of her - and her exile to Alaska in the end - and her issue with the 'new age' cardinal - weird side train.
-Ethan Overbee and Sherman Kingsborough: Money hungry executive, and spoiled-rich-boy tropes to the nines, were their points to be fifty shades of gray-esque? Gets really weird here. And Sherman's murder side bend, goodness gracious! How many crazy people does this novel need?
-Hazel & Jason: The two characters that anchor the heart of the book for me. I'd love to see them featured more if any second novels are happening continuing with Jackie & Megan's stories.