My Bookshelf: The Girl On the Train

*Don’t worry there are no spoilers! I wouldn’t do that to you guys!*

I am back today with another great read! When I first moved to New York City I knew that I wanted to get involved with my sorority’s alumni group. Every month they send out a newsletter with upcoming events and I knew that Book Club would be the perfect fit for me. (Plus, let’s be honest, there was no way I was joining the running club!). This past Thursday, I adventured out to Brooklyn for the first time (minus that quick taxi ride for work to drop off supplies at a photoshoot that were left at our offices by mistake) to attend this month’s book club meeting at a sister’s apartment. Her apartment was AMAZING! A huge living room and a kitchen I would kill for, plus an amazing patio space that could fit the dozen or so of us more than comfortably. Good wine, good food, good book, and new friends made for a great Thursday night!

Sidenote: I am not going to lie I felt like quite a hipster adventuring to Brooklyn for book club vs. my usual Gossip Girl UES attempted persona

This month’s pick was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and had been on my own personal reading list for quite some time. I had heard many people compare it to Gone Girl, which is hands down one of my favorite books (I seriously could not put it down when I read it a few years ago! And I thought the movie with Rosamund Pike was done very well!)

After finishing this month’s pick I had mixed feelings, and I was very glad to discuss it at book club. I liked The Girl On The Train, but if I’m being completely honest, it was not as great as I was expecting. This is likely due in part to the high regard I hold Gone Girl in, and I felt like in comparison, The Girl On The Train fell short. There were a lot of similarities between the two books, for example: an unreliable narrator, mystery, suspense, and varying chapters by character’s perspective. However, I felt like most of the “shocking” moments in The Girl On The Train were not that surprising or did not leave me speechless. The characters were complex in their own ways but I felt like Hawkins did not develop them as much as I would have preferred. This was clearly a dark book and each character has their own personal demons that they needed to deal with but again I felt like it fell short in comparison to Gone Girl (are you noticing a trend haha?) Also, moving from chapter to chapter and switching character perspectives was typically not a very smooth transition. Instead, I often got lost and had to continuously turn back and figure out what year/month/day and morning/night we were in. That being said there are many positives to this book too.

I liked that this book kept me intrigued enough to keep picking it up in order to find out the ultimate ending. It was also on the shorter side and I was able to finish it within a matter of days. In the summer, I like to read books that are light and interesting, rather than ones that are incredibly dense or complicated. This was a great read in that respect. I tend to enjoy mysteries and this choice was a nice change of pace from the other books I have read as of late. Although there were some lulls throughout, as a whole it was a good read, not my all time favorite by any means but a good read. I also laughed to myself when I was reading this book on the train ride home to NJ last weekend, it just felt very apropo.

I liked The Girl On The Train and would recommend it to others, however I would definitely recommend Gone Girl first.

Have you read The Girl On The Train? What was your impression? Would you recommend it to others?


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