|Picture taken by John Knox - Edited by Lauren|
Sometimes there isn't anything better than a sparkling drink on winter morning to keep you feeling perky. My ideal Saturday morning is waking up late and curling up with a good mystery or fantasy novel, a croque monsieur, and mimosa. This weekend, why not mix it up? I'm sure by now that you've had a traditional mimosa, but it is equally as tasty (and slightly healthier) to replace the orange juice with grapefruit juice! You can make it the long way and actually squeeze the grapefruit yourself, or you can take a short cut and simply by grapefruit juice from your grocery store. When I make mine I use the 50/50 method and simply add equal amounts of champagne and juice, but you can always use the taste test, starting with a little juice, taste, add a little more, taste, until you're happy.
Currently I'm reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had heard so many great things about the book that I decided I better give it a chance. I never heard anything specific about the book, but a lot of people gave that vague "I really enjoyed it" answer and they made a movie out of it, so it must be popular. I really like reading books that have movies. After I read the book I always force my husband to watch the movie with me the very same night I finished the book. Then I analyze how well they translated the book into movie and harp on all the important pieces they skipped. I know, I'm just a ball of joy, but the English Writing major in me gets my kicks that way. So SPOILERS are coming. Don't read the next paragraph if you intend to read Gone Girl in the near future.
Essentially Gone Girl is about a married couple having relationship problems. Then one day the wife disappears and that's where we come in. The husband, Nick, comes home on their 5 year anniversary and finds his house in disarray and his wife, Amy, is simply gone. He immediately calls the police, who soon discover that the living room is staged. The coffee table is knocked over, but the books that were on top are on the wrong side of the table. The couch is flipped over, but is too bottom heavy to have been flipped in a struggle. The paintings on the walls are perfectly straight, despite the fact that they fall over with a single stomp. The forensic team finds remnants of Amy's blood in the kitchen, where someone has clearly done a sloppy job mopping it up. It's not looking good for Nick. We read the novel from two points of view, we get Nick's thought process as he is in the present, and we see inside Amy's head via a diary left behind. We often see the same event from both points of view because something or other will trigger Nick's memory and he will think through an old event and then we read about it in Amy's diary. The thing that bothered me was that these two characters seemed to be living in alternate realities. They didn't connect on anything and the actually events were told differently enough that red flags were popping up all over the place. I almost stopped reading because the discrepancy annoyed me so much. Then, half way through, everything clicked into place.
Amy is a psycho path. Half way through diary Amy comes to an end and we meet real, live, in-the-flesh Amy, who has run away and framed her husband for her murder. Nick isn't totally innocent, he has been cheating with a 23 year old woman, but he didn't ever harm or abuse his wife. Amy has been plotting her revenge for an entire year. And Missouri has the death penalty. This is when the novel came to life and I truly began enjoying it. I still haven't finished, but so far I think it was worth it to carry on reading through the first half. The payoff does come, it just takes longer than I'd like.
Have you ever had a Grapefruit Mimosa? Have you read Gone Girl and if so, did you feel that the first half of the book was inconsistent? Let me know in the comments!