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My favourite part of books is discussing them with other fans. Because I want my reviews to remain spoiler-free as they’re more likely to be read by those who haven’t read the book yet, I’m also planning to post “book discussions” for many of the books I review. Obviously, these book discussions will contain spoilers and much flailing. Maybe some intellectual-like discussion…but mostly flailing.
The first thing you need to know is that I am not okay with the ending.
The second thing you need to know is that I think the ending is the most brilliant ending ever.
I am aware that I am a very confused person, but hear me out. From a reader/fangirl perspective, I hate the ending. Stephen/Rory was my otp from the very beginning, so to have that glorious kiss and then to have it all torn away from me was nothing short of traumatizing. What makes it even worse is that it was totally preventable. If they had just gone to the hospital… One of them must have known enough about head trauma to know that you need to take someone who has had a head injury to the hospital. You definitely don’t just let them sleep ;A; SO FRUSTRATING.
But from a writer/book connoisseur perspective, her choice to kill Stephen was brilliant. It’s impossible for the reader to see coming. In any other book, Stephen/Rory would be endgame, and Maureen Johnson completely just through that in our faces. She did a similar thing (though not to this extent) in The Last Little Blue Envelope, and I think it’s a very realistic portrayal of human life and human relationships. It’s scary that a book on ghosts is more realistic than most contemporary novels I read.
What are your thoughts on The Madness Underneath? Did you hate or love the ending? Predictions for book three?