author: Anna Banks
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.08
book published: 2012
read at: 2014/05/25
date added: 2014/05/26
shelves: romance, fantasy, fiction, young-adult
First thing’s first: the accusations of misogyny.
Unfortunately, it’s rampant. This book sends a bad message to girls. Women are not property. They can’t be owned or possessed. They are not subject to the whims of men. None of this is romantic. It’s scary and dangerous. If I had a young daughter, I would not let her read this book without discussing with her, in detail, how completely F’d the Syrena are in their view of women.
There’s one scene in particular that made me want to jump into the book and strangle Galen. That. Damn. Backpack. Emma and Galen are at school and Galen wants to carry Emma’s backpack. So he takes it from her (is this a metaphor?). Emma tells him she doesn’t want him to carry her backpack and tries to take it back from her. HE WON’T GIVE HER THE BACKPACK. This is called stealing. When you take someone’s property against their will, you are stealing. This made me furious. The kicker is… GALEN THINKS HE’S BEING POLITE.
But I am an adult. So I know this is a story. And despite the misogyny it’s a pretty good one. Honestly, it’s a rough start to the trilogy- it didn’t seem to really take off until about 70-75% into the book. It starts off cheesy, and misogynist, and Emma seems like a clueless moron, but the world-building is fantastic. Banks does a great job of drawing you into the Syrena world.
Read it if you can tolerate the patriarchal BS.