The Goldfinch, Book Review

Theo and his mother take an ill-fated trip to an art museum in New York City. “The Goldfinch” is Theo’s life story told in first person from early teen to adult.

It may have won the Pulitzer but this book is either loved or hated… or maybe love-hated.

The prose is wonderful at times, so poetic it just rips your heart out and stomps on it while simultaneously filling it with this feeling deep inside of “you are not alone”.

But the rest of the time I couldn’t wait for it to end. Theo made one mess after another of his life, sometimes it wasn’t his fault, but most of them were. His once bright future dimmed and nearly burned out but for the compassion, and connection through the disaster at the museum, of Hobie. I ended up skimming through the last chapter or two. I really hate to do that with a book but the oddly action-packed while simultaneously being slow as a turtle crossing the road was just too much for me.

This book gets a 3 out 5 for me. I would like to give it a zero but the writing style doesn’t justify that low score.

Have you read this book? What did you think?


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