McHale described Artie as a "nerd" who loves the glee club wholeheartedly and uses it as a form of escapism. In the third season, Artie, then a junior, directs the school musical and a television special featuring the glee club for the local PBS station. He also directs Grease along with Finn Hudson during his senior year.
Well, I suppose smitten is not the right word exactly, because there is nothing positive about Leif's attention. It is clear that Oola isn't exactly looking for a relationship, but the two end up together anyway under strange circumstances.
Leif is part of an extensive and very wealthy family, and his "job" is to house-sit for various relatives while th 4. Leif is part of an extensive and very wealthy family, and his "job" is to house-sit for various relatives while they are on vacation.
Which is a lot. She says yes because come on now, who wouldn't? It is clear from the beginning that neither of our protagonists is quite right in the head, but it's truly shocking how bizarre things get.
Oola at first appears listless and eccentric, but it's soon clear that she is perhaps as crazy as Leif. One of the most unique narrators I have ever encountered.
There are shades of Joe from Youbut Leif is delivered with more insidious finesse. His madness creeps up on the reader as slowly as it creeps up on Oola. By the time they are in Big Sur and Leif has constructed a literal museum to Oola in the attic by stealing everything she touches, part of you doesn't even realize how crazy it is until you put the book down.
This is a purely character-driven book, so if you're looking for plot it's probably not for you. I mean, things happen, but the actual events are few and far between. For the most part we are just hanging out with Leif and Oola as they drift aimlessly through life.
There's a sense of ennui and hopelessness to both the writing and the plot. While Leif's commentary is biting and sarcastic, it's also sad and rather pathetic.
I was going to rate this a solid 4 until I got to the last chapter. In it, Leif addresses the reader directly. He'd done it a few times before but only in bits and pieces: I have so many thoughts and feelings.
I also really really really relate in so many ways to the protagonist which is often disturbing and I want to write about this book SO.
Jan 28, Adam rated it it was amazing Edgy, fast-paced, thrilling. This book really drew me in. Very modern and culturally in-touch, especially in regard to sex and gender. Many interesting parallels to Lolita-- for example, the salacious narrator Leif is something like a genderfucked millennial Humbert Humbert.10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book By Jeff Goins Writing.
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Buy Oola by Brittany Newell from Waterstones today! Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over £ `It's the kind of book you want to linger in and never leave; the kind of book that DOES things to you I adored it' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals.
View all Sign In To Write A Review. + free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. Brittany Newell, who often writes and performs under the nom de plume Ratty St.
John, is a Stanford graduate. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the winner of the Norman Mailer Award for Fiction. Oola is her first book.4/5(20). Brittany Newell is a talented wordsmith and great at creating a mood, but she’s also very young.
This is evident in her lack of restraint when it comes to metaphors and similes. Nearly every sentence is overly dense with imagery, getting in the way of the story and generally making the book a bit of a chore to read/5(11).