Does a novel need to be 'enjoyable' for you to want to read it? Is it okay if it makes your uncomfortable? Is it okay if the characters aren't likable, most, or even all of them? I'm wondering these because I just received another terrific review... except, that the criticism is that it wasn't an 'enjoyable' read. That word 'enjoyment' has always been curious to me - joy -- brief, fleeting -- doesn't come to me when I read. Too often, in fact, it rarely comes to me (looking at my son or daughter as they sleep, that is joy). I read to understand the world, and I think that's maybe why I write too. Anyway, it's a cool review from someone who read the book closely. She may not have 'enjoyed' it, but she encourages everyone to read LIE. What more can I ask?
From the end of this insightful review: “…LIE is a pretty powerful reading experience and a brave one. There is no happy ending here. But Bock tackles racism, bigotry, homophobia, classism, white privilege and peer pressure in a sensitive, subtle and intelligent way. If not enjoyable, this is certainly a book that needs to be a part of every teenage and adult’s reading experience.” http://turn-the-page.net/2011/11/01/book-review-lie-by-caroline-bock/
Do you need to 'enjoy' a novel?