Book: How To Talk To Girls At Parties (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“Where does contagion end and art begin?”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

Two boys, smooth-talking Vic and shy Enn, go to a party filled with foreign girls.

Girls have always seemed like aliens to Enn, he finds himself fumbling with words, and struggling to understand what they mean. Vic’s advice is: just talk to them, they don’t come from another planet…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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The trouble is, these girls do come from another planet.

Vic is having great success with an girl, unaware that she’s an alien. Enn on the other hand, is still struggling, but not because of lack of trying.

The party is packed and claustrophobic, and Enn finds himself feeling out of the loop as everyone pairs up.

He doesn’t spot the differences between the aliens and humans, despite them talking about coming across the stars from their home.

Eventually the pair figure out that these girls are not human. Vic makes a run for it, dragging Enn behind.

It’s a strange story, and a lot of times tries too hard.

The characters are supremely annoying, and self-centered. The boys are meant to be close friends, but don’t have a friendly connection. Vic abandons Enn a few times.

The girls have a stilted manner of speaking, which some people will hear as a uninteresting drone. Something about a poem traveling across the universe is spurted out, across many paragraphs.

Being set in an older era, but within the teenage years of the characters, it contains references to hairstyles and bands.

Overall, It dragged on past its welcome.

It’s hard to cheer for Enn and even less for Vic. The alien girls slip by in a haze, none of them are memorable.

Rated – 2/5 Interesting concept. However, the plot drags on each girl, the main characters are uninteresting.

How To Talk To Girls at Parties is available to read online at Neil Gaiman’s official website.

*Covers made by me, for illustrative purposes only.

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