Tuesday, October 18, 2011

(163)Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

Practical Jean

Publication Date: October 18, 2011
320 Pages

Jean has always been the "practical" one.  Doing what is expected of her.  Including leaving her husband and moving in with her Mother while she is dying of cancer.  Jean is practically emotionless after her mother dies.  Going into work mode in order to sort out her mother's affairs. All the while dwelling on the indignities of death.   From the loneliness of Cancer to the physical ailments that come along with the disease.  Jean vows to spare those closest to her, her friends, from the indignities of growing old and getting sick.  One by one she kills them.  Will her law enforcement (and clueless) brothers put a stop to her "good deeds" or will Jean go on unnoticed and take out all of her friends one by one?

Practical Jean is a dark, dark satire.  Think Jon Waters dark.  Jean is one of those characters that can rationalize anything, even murder.  I enjoyed it, in the same way that I enjoyed Serial Mom.  It was engrossing and a bit terrifying, but mostly very engrossing.  Although a departure from my normal types of reading material, I will say that I enjoyed Practical Jean.


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I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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