This is a hard book for me to rate, so right now I'm starting out at a 2.5* and I might change that by the time my thoughts are written down. My main issue (or problem) is I didn't like Perry or Dex. Perry was unmotivated, mean, irresponsible, and entitled. "I kind of feel like reception is beneath me...." "And, as always, the fact the Ada seemed to be having a great time rubbed me the wrong way." "I immediately hated both of them." She leaves her 15 year old sister along to get drunk and make-out with her 19 year old cousins and their friends. It gets better- so she can go alone to the lighthouse on her Uncle's property, in the dark, after drinking herself, and not telling anyone where she is going. Oh so smart, right? Then later in the book- "A forest fire would at least attract attention." Oh hell no, she deliberately threw and smashed a fire-lit lamp at a tree. This rubbed me the wrong way because all the severe fires the Western US has had over the last few years. She isn't comfortable in her own body and the body slams got old (both hers and her mother's- yes Perry's mom). Granted, most women don't like their bodies, but most grow to accept them and even like them; at least some of the time.
Then there is Dex. One minute he is at least tolerable, or even a little nice, then the next closed off, weird, and curt. I wasn't really able to get a read on him. "His eyes were round and crazy. Or playful, if you wanted to use a polite term for crazy." Sexy, amIright?????
Ada and Uncle Al are the best secondary characters. I didn't like Perry's mom for putting her daughter down due to her body/weight. She also said this: "Pumpkin, you shouldn't let something like a girlfriend stand in your way."
There is the little old lady that both see. I liked that aspect- can they both see ghosts or are they both crazy? But, no resolution to that aspect in this one. Have to read the next to find that out (maybe, there are 9 books in this series, so who knows when that central question will be answered). I also like the scenes in the lighthouse (or darkhouse). They were wonderfully creepy.
So, 2* because while this entertained me, I disliked the main characters. I started out disliking and that didn't change. The extra 1/2* for the lighthouse scenes. I don't think I will read book 2, unless I think my dislike (for Perry and Dex) will change.
This is for the Read With (Book)likes Friends square
39%, may or may not read more tonight.
Still don't like Perry. Don't have an opinion on Dex yet. He is kinda eh. They are on their way to film the lighthouse (2nd time) right now. The first lighthouse scene was good and creepy. (Even if Perry was TSTL to be there in the first place). Even if this wasn't a buddy read, I'm curious enough to find out what happens. (I did briefly flirt was DNF'ing it, but then I'd need something else. That first lighthouse scene was what made me decide to keep going).
So, the ticket issue was semi-figured out. No picture, no information. I suddenly realized that didn't come through on the app, either. I took a good hour to customize the experience for all my stubs, now. I put in the synopsis, the posters of my choice (Vision for Age of Ultron and Civil War instead of the non-Vision posters they chose for everyone), and some short notes of what I thought about the movie in the notes section they give you for... well, whatever you want.
Phew. I'm not 100% happy, but it'll do. I mostly work on the app, which doesn't show posters/information like the synopsis, so I'll have access to everything. If I keep up with the movies I see next, I should be good!
That being said, I was four percent in earlier today and should make some real progress tomorrow.
By the way, my sister got a call from the cops. No wallet, but they found cards. I'd replaced the wallet for cheap anyway and I had all my cards replaced, so they just ended up destroying everything. I feel both gross and violated and like I'd been waiting for something to happen for that for so long, but in the back of my mind. Now it has. I can let all that go.
I think I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight. Tomorrow, I'll think about what I want to do for the movie theater: the woman who ended up helping me out spent so much time and energy to help me. I'm going to bring her a small note and her and her crew some books and comics - if I have doubles and stuff - to read in the backroom/take home for keeps. I think it'll be a nice thing to do for them, especially after the frustrated e-mail I sent right after I found out, oops, we can't do anything. I stewed, then figured out linking to posters that I saved on my Tumblr - just in case any other site goes poof - would make me happier as a customization anyway, and then sent an apology e-mail. Ugh. She probably thinks I am unstable and whatever, and I feel super guilty about that and like I need to make it up to them. Thus possibly making her think I am even more unstable. I have, however, deleted all the twitter rants, and negative reviews, and shit on FB, so... there's that. I promised her I would if this would fixed, said I wouldn't because it wasn't fixed like it should have been, satisfied myself - which let's face it, I usually end up doing anyway :P - and then deleted everything. I'm all clear and free to see Dr. Strange, though, which is super nice!