A Girl is a half formed thing:

  • A few pages into this novel definitely decided I could read no more; turned to the trusted ‘Google’ for revelation.

    It would seem that many others felt the same as I; no doubt we are among the less intelligent of our species, or maybe just plain, uninformed.

    One of the thoughts that immediately came to my mind was the story of the emperor’s new clothes. Now we know that in the story the people are deceived into thinking something is not what it seems. So have we been fooled again?

    After my Google exploration discovering the main thrusts of the story I skim read a few words on each page until the end.

    Another thought as I read, or skimmed through a girl is a half formed thing were   memories of my own childhood, and growing up years. It made me realize that growing up is a lifetime event. Our lives are formed to an extent by, ourparents, siblings, friends, teachers, enemies, governments, authorities of various kinds. Life is a process and all our stories will be different.

    This story portrays all the very worst sides of human nature, even though this story is set in Ireland and portrays   a typical Irish stereotype; it makes me very sad to read this rubbish. There is enough bad and evil in the world already, why add to it.

    It mocks God and the Church and Prayer in a way I find extremely distasteful, and vulgar. I don’t consider myself pious or religious in any way, but I don’t want to read this,  it’s like the Emperor’s new clothes ....people say it’s good.


  • Ali Meehan
    Ali Meehan Thanks for your feedback Angie.  I'm glad it wasn't just me!  I like you started to read it, got about one quarter way through and then gave up.  Its amazing the book won several awards probably from book reviewers who are bored with the norm and...  more
    November 17, 2014
  • Avril Ellis
    Avril Ellis I too gave up on A girl is a half formed thing and sorry to have selected it for our book club. It was rubbish from start to finish. I have to be honest and say there was no middle because I skipped the majority and read the beginning and end. When the...  more
    November 20, 2014