My heart is not a chainsaw, but it definitely feels like it’s been torn apart by one. This is a homage to all the slasher of slashers, but wow, can Stephen Graham Jones’s storytelling get anymore amazing? Not only did I love the story, the horror, the blood, but I loved Jade, her coming of age, her story. Her own final girl revelation.
We go on this journey of Jade’s wildest fantasies of slasher knowledge to where she knows there’s a Final Girl amongst them, and that means, there’s a slasher killer about to do their damage. No one believes her, and her manifesto is all the extra credit she can get for History to pass. They entertain her creative writing, but no one cares. Except, Letha. Jade uses her horror as a crutch to escape her so called life, and no one has understood that, except Letha. Maybe that’s why she’s the Final Girl. She gets it.
Cara Gee is the narrator and OMG, she’s phenomenal. I could listen all day to her voice. I found another book she narrates that I already have in my Libro library, so I’m starting it. I felt she truly captured Jade as her true self, and I think she was perfect for the part. I was sad I didn’t get to hear the acknowledgements because it really brought the story together. There are also little pieces of homage to Queen Agatha Christie AND Alex Trebeck, and I just couldn’t help but smile. Yeah, I like you Jade.
This is storytelling at its finest. If you’re looking for some wild fast paced slasher horror flick, don’t read this and try to give it a negative review. If you love and can appreciate the smallest intricacies being woven into a grand story, pick this up and marvel at Stephen Graham Jones. It’s slower, it’s gory, but damn, is it good. The more I talk about it (thanks @davynsden ) the more I realize how great this book really is. Thank you so much @simon.audio for the gifted copy. My Heart is a Chainsaw is out Tuesday, August 31st. 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️/5