The Bluest Eye makes you sit and question “What is truly ugly?” Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove’s desire (or rather obsession) to have blue eyes stems from her lack of whiteness, her lack of fitting in into conventional beauty. The standards still stand today.
The novel is set in a beautiful, British, fiction town, Highbury. Emma is beautiful, rich, smart but also meddlesome, deluded, and spoiled. She is not a likable character and you won’t really root for her when you read Emma by Austen.
Two disclaimers that you need to know before you read this article:
1. This article contains spoilers. If you plan to read this book in the future, don’t read ahead.
2. I am a John Green fangirl, who is the author of this book, and thus, I can be biased.
For starters, if you dislike literature that has dark humor, icky descriptions of all bits of life that are not glossy, this book (or any of Ottessa’s) is not for you. My Year of Rest and Relaxation is filled with sardonic humor, brutal confessions, and vivid descriptions of gross parts of existence. It is certainly not for a breezy read or for the faint-hearted. It is a story of escape, of privilege, of confessions that can make your brain turn ice cold.