RTW: Best March Read

An easy question from the YA Highway crew:

What was the best book you read in March? 

Without a doubt “Savages” by Don Winslow (no, it’s not YA. It is very definitely Adult but it’s still the best book I read in March) I read it in about three days, laughed my whole way through (the humour is pretty dark in general), and just couldn’t put this book down! Now here’s why…

This is copy-pasted from the review I wrote for it on Goodreads:

I don’t usually read this genre and to be honest, I only picked this up because I know Oliver Stone has turned this into a film.

Winslow does something rather different in this book in that he makes the non-person narrator a character of it’s own. This may feel like author intrusion to some, gimmicky to others or just down right annoying but I loved it. It was something I’d never seen before and I found it hilarious, which helped to lighten the otherwise dreadfully dark and violent content of this story.

As for the story itself, maybe nothing too original. Drug cartels, weed growers, gangs etc. but Winslow definitely delivers this old tale in a refreshing format and I loved his characters. Perhaps they’re a bit over the top, like exaggerations of themselves but it didn’t stop me from loving the weird threesome at the heart of this story. And a relationship between two guys and a girl like this one isn’t often portrayed the way Winslow did it.

So what was the best book you read in March?

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  • Sounds cool. I like nontraditional narrators. My favorite, though, is Death, which narrated The Book Thief.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Must append that to my ‘to be read’ shelf. 🙂

  • What an interesting idea, having the narrator operate that way within the novel. This is probably not the kind of book I would usually pick up to read… but I’m always intrigued when someone tries something different to see how well it worked… so I might. 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yeah, I think the narrative style annoyed many people (given the slew of bad reviews) but I loved it. If you do read Savages, let me know what you think…

  • Jillian

    Great post. I hadn’t heard about this book and I love creative narration and dark humor, so thanks for the recommendation!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yay! If you do read it, please let me know what you think 🙂