The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N

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  • The Whole Stupid Way We Are had some good moment, some funny moments, and some charming moment, but ultimately was hampered by a lack of direction and too many elements left hanging. There was enough positive stuff that I’m glad I read it, but I’m not sure I could recommend it to anyone else.

    The Whole Stupid Way We Are is a bittersweet story of a complex friendship, so enjoyable that I did not mind its emotional detachment and subsequent underdeveloped portions and characters.

  • The Whole Stupid Way We Are is written from a rather detached, third-person point of view, with a whole lot of dialogue, making me think that if the story was ever adapted into a movie, the most mainstream director it would ever get would be Wes Anderson. This absence of characters' thoughts and rather repetitive way events are described ("Ms. Dugan is the gym teacher and has known Dinah since Dinah was a tiny kid. Ms. Dugan loves her. Ms. Dugan knows what's what. Ms. Dugan can be counted on. Dinah can taste their freedom already.") make it hard to connect with the characters, but the style is one I personally like anyway. It fits the cold setting as well as the growing distance between Dinah and Skint, and I think the prevalence of dialogue shows just how difficult it is for the leading characters to deal with their problems in an open way.

    I have many references for the Whole Stupid Way We Are. About the form of my crying: it wasn't bad/good where I cried throughout, but The Angels Take Manhattan bad/good where my stream started soon after the Amy's afterword, after the episode ended(and still hasn't stopped)and I was alone. So, so alone. About the peculiar kind of hollowness inside me: the way it was with . The only reason I'm not wailing still is because I'm in the same room as my siblings.

    Title: The Whole Stupid Way We Are
    Author(s): N Griffin
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Availability: Amazon CA   

  • Title: The Whole Stupid Way We Are
    Author(s): N Griffin
    ISBN: 1-4424-3156-3 / 978-1-4424-3156-0 (USA edition)
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

    I read The Whole Stupid Way We Are in one gulp and was gutted by it. I felt for Skint, I felt for Dinah. (I think my husband and I are Dinah's parents.) The book is life, and families, and breaking points and not being able to handle them or ask for help. Skint and Dinah are misfits by virtue of feeling too much and thinking too deeply. I think the people that "get" this book will have felt that way some time in their lives. As much as I feel like Dinah's parents now, at one point in my life I was dreamy and flaky like Dinah, and I was rageful and hurt like Skint. I just think this book was wonderfully written and powerful.

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And when Skint will no longer participate in the dream that Dinah has so painstakingly created for the two of them, we have to forgive both of them for their imperfections. Dinah may be intentionally shielding herself from more the difficult parts of life and Skint may be acting irrationally, but it is, after all, just THE WHOLE STUPID WAY WE ARE.