October 29, 2010
The Other Boleyn Girl: "There is no room for mistakes at court"
So, I watched the movie several years ago, and while I enjoyed it, it did leave me in a bit of a funk. It was such a crazy story and the ending was nuts and I didn't know what to think about it. Ever since then I have wanted to read the book. I finally got around to it at the end of the summer and beginning of the school year. First of all, it was a much larger book than I had figured so when school started, my reading time decreased significantly and it took a while to finish. I'm glad I did, however. The book is well written and the characters are developed in such a way that you are conflicted in your feelings for some and have the utmost sympathy or disgust for others. The story moves through quite a series of years and offers an interesting look into medieval England. This story is a historical fiction because the characters and the general story was true but the author took many liberties with filling in the details of everyday life and the details regarding the lesser known characters' lives, including Anne Boleyn. Even still, though, this book was a fascinating read. Again, the ending left me in a funk but now that I've had some time to digest it, I'm glad that I finished it and it is one that I may pick up again for another summer reading.