Brigette Reviews The Rachel Papers

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis

rachel papers

Describe it in 25 words or less. An incredibly honest look at the life of a very self-absorbed, highly strung nineteen year old boy.

Genre: YA/Drama

Who was your favorite character and why? Charles Highway because I could relate to the internal battle he waged with himself everyday.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Charles Highway because he had too difficult a time winning aforementioned internal battle.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It caught my attention immediately and I regularly fluctuated between pity and repulsion throughout.

What did you think of the ending? Rather anti-climactic and predictable.

What was the moral of the story? Don’t try to grow up too fast.

Favorite quote: “In my world, reserved Italians, heterosexual hairdressers, clouds without silver linings, ignoble savages, hard-hearted whores, advantageous ill-winds, sober Irishmen, and so on, are not permitted to exist.” – Charles Highway

How does the book compare to the film? I had no idea it had been made into a film until writing this review, but I MUST find it. It looks better than the book, but that could just be my bias toward 80’s films starring Ione Skye.

Songs:
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Heroin by The Velvet Underground
Hey Jude

Who would you recommend it to? Young women so that they can see what is really going through the minds of their young men.

Number of unknown words: 20

How old were you when you finally realized that the whole world didn’t revolve around you?

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