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Shut the Door #2020

Shut the Door In one of the most impressive debut novels ever written by a teenager Shut the Door says the New York Post is a raw and disturbing portrayal of a suburban family In a household spiraling out of con

  • Title: Shut the Door
  • Author: Amanda Marquit
  • ISBN: 9780312319304
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shut the Door By Amanda Marquit, In one of the most impressive debut novels ever written by a teenager, Shut the Door, says the New York Post, is a raw and disturbing portrayal of a suburban family In a household spiraling out of control, Lilliana and Vivian are two teenage sisters struggling to carve out their identities as young adults, taking risks and undergoing disturbing transformations that go unIn one of the most impressive debut novels ever written by a teenager, Shut the Door, says the New York Post, is a raw and disturbing portrayal of a suburban family In a household spiraling out of control, Lilliana and Vivian are two teenage sisters struggling to carve out their identities as young adults, taking risks and undergoing disturbing transformations that go unchallenged by their emotionally absent parents Beatrice and Harry s marriage is disintegrating, and it no longer provides the safe harbor their daughters so desperately need As the girls test boundaries and push limits, their silent cries for help are lost within the apathy that has crept into their family life Harry s prolonged absence on a business trip finally provides the impetus to reevaluate family roles and relationships and the choices made are shocking In the vein of American Beauty, this evocative family portrait reveals just what happens when our support system falls away and we become emotionally disconnected from the ones we love the most.

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    1 thought on “Shut the Door

    1. It s sort of difficult for me to review this book since the author wrote it when she was 14 16 years old That said, Marquit is a very good writer, and I did find the concept of the story interesting It is basically told from 4 different perspectives a crazy, devoted and needy wife a husband trying to escape the monotony of his life and wife and their two daughters, one who is a goody two shoes prude and the other a troublemaker However, as the story and the characters lives unravel, the girls pe [...]

    2. I just didn t like this one at all While I respect that the author began this book at age 14, I couldn t identify with any of the characters The wife was so needy and idolized her husband, while not understanding what was going on under her own roof the husband doesn t seem to care much about his wife, daughters, or his job and the daughters well, I suppose you could chalk their behavior up to rebellion.

    3. Story about four family members You read one chapter about each of the four people and the rest of the book is basically that same chapter repeated.

    4. Honestly, this book upset me a little It s not very good But that s not the part that upset me What bothers me is that the only thing the publishing company had going for it with this novel was marketing the fact that a 14 year old wrote it And yeah, I ll give her some credit for 1 even attempting a novel, and 2 finishing a novel But, Christ, did any editor actually read this Because, if they did, I m pretty sure they would have seen numerous glaring problems, the biggest of which is a complete [...]

    5. As a teenager, I wasn t a critical reader I was a voracious reader then to be sure, but I read primarily for the fun of it, to be scandalized by sex and violence and maybe once in a while for the rush of being scared I bought Shut the Door when it first came out in 2006, compelled by the dystopic suburban similarities to American Beauty and curious if a girl four years younger than me could pull such a thing off An aspiring writer myself, churning out crap with dedication up through senior year [...]

    6. I liked Shut the Door by the 16 year old Amanda Marquit She has amazing talent She sets up a dysfunctional family who does not communicate with each oher the mom Beatrice , who adores her husband so much that she smothers him, her husband Harry, who has gone to Cleveland on a once in a lifetime business trip, who meets up with a hooker named Chloe and falls in love, daughter Lillian, the wild child who finally falls in love with Paul, and cuts his name on her arm and he thinks she s too young fo [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book but after reading it, I realized it s not really for everyone It s basically a story about a family being told in the 4 member s perspective There is Beatrice, the crazy devoted wife, Harry, the pretty lost and wife avoiding husband, Vivian, the innocent daughter, and Lily, the troublemaker of the family Without writing spoilers, the gist of the story is the journey of the 2 daughters trying to find their identities as they continue to mature, making it sort of like a coming [...]

    8. I decided I need to get better at actually adding comments about books I have read not just for others, but for me.Shut the Door was written be a teenager started at age 14 and ended when she was 16 For someone that age to have written this book that covers so much than just teen rebelliousness, it s amazing She dives into the marriage relationship, and just why and how changes occur in people, and in the family dynamic in just a short amount of time However, even though it it classified as YA [...]

    9. This book reminded me to be thankful for bein born dirt poor out in the backwoods Suburbanites are FUCKED UP It was beautifully crafted though, and that hits you even harder when you realize it was written by a sixteen year old The way she captured a frustrated, empty, forty something housewife was really pretty eerie Beatrice filled me with this weird mixture of pity and flat out contempt and it was totally believable.

    10. I could have never written this book, especially at ages 14 to 16 I applaud the author s attempt at telling a story of a disfunctional family through all the member s eyes She s amazingly perceptive in many ways.Still, the book is a long, slow, soul killer There s nothing the slightest bit upbeat about the whole story And because of that, it s just not quite believable I think that once she outgrows this angst ridden part of her life, she ll be a great author.

    11. This book was impossible to keep reading Not only was it boring, but it was a pretty inaccurate portrayal of eating disorders I understand the author was young when she wrote this, but I still could not make it to the end The characters annoyed me and most of the book revolves around how the daughters need to rebel for attention and to discover themselves and the way that the author chose to have them identify themselves does not allow readers to also identify with them.

    12. This book was incredibly boring at first, and the only parts of the book i wanted to read about were from the two teenage sisters but as the book dragged along i became intamate with the mother and the father, and thier stories bacame mor einteresting the end of the book i was very intwined with the characters Good book.

    13. I was amazed that this book was written by a 16 year old It was interesting to take a look into a normal disfunctional family2 teenage sisters and their parents They re a family that acts likes strangers I liked it, but the ending could have been better.

    14. A perfect portrait of an utterly dysfunctional family The points of view of each crumbling character are all different, all insightful I didn t get too close to anyone in the story, but maybe that s because I was already too close for comfort

    15. Great book, I think I understand of the current teenage generation because of this book, however, I did not like the ending I think this does address the issues of

    16. This book wasn t poorly written, but it lacked substance It was a typical coming of age story The ending was abrupt and disappointing.

    17. Overall the book was a good, quick, easy read The wife s character was a bit over the top It also ended a bit abruptly.

    18. This one is important for any young person, especially a high school student, who is a writer or wants to write.

    19. How did people not like this book I read it several years ago and loved it I thought the story was great Short and simple To the point.

    20. LOVED the book At first it was somewhat hard to keep up with because of the different point of views, but overall the book was totally amazing.

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