Author: Juno Dawson
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Twisted romance
Dates read: 29th March 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
5th sentence, 74th page: I went to speak to my hairdresser, and said I wanted a radical change, something a bit rock chick, but nothing needy.
Catherine thinks she’s found the man of her dreams… but he just doesn’t seem to notice her. So she decides to become Kit.
I really wasn’t expecting to like this story so much. After all, I’ve found all of the stories in the I Am Heathcliff collection so far powerful and fascinating… but not what I would call enjoyable. They’re all pretty twisted and convoluted…but this one wasn’t really. Alright, it was still what I would consider twisted romance, because it wasn’t really anything romantic or healthy at all. But it didn’t leave me feeling both ill and confused. It just left me smiling in a slightly bemused sort of way.
This story might feature an adult woman, but for me, it was very reminiscent of some of my teenage friends. Those girls that developed a crush on a guy and then proceeded to change everything about themselves to make him like them. It never worked, just like in this short story, but it was such a recurrent theme throughout our lives that reading this story was almost nostalgic in a way. Especially considering the fact that this didn’t lead to horror and prolonged torture, in the last moments Kit herself realises her stupidity and starts to move on.
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