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Revolutionary Road

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

My New Favorite!

This book caught my eye this past summer when I was browsing through B&N. At 15, a book about broken marriage is not exactly my usual cup of tea, yet there was something about the story that intrigued me. Well, that, and the fact that Leo DiCaprio was in the film versio...
This book caught my eye this past summer when I was browsing through B&N. At 15, a book about broken marriage is not exactly my usual cup of tea, yet there was something about the story that intrigued me. Well, that, and the fact that Leo DiCaprio was in the film version. (:
I definitely did not go into reading this novel with high hopes. Hell, I wasn't even expecting to get through the whole thing. But man, was I wrong! Since buying it in August, I've read it three times - and I never re-read books! Ever. That, my friends, is how totally awesome it is.
What was so completely fantastic about Revolutionary Road was the characters. Everything about them was so real - so scarily real, even, that I kind of felt like I was reading a book about myself...(Note to eye-rolling adults: Yeah, I may only be 15, but I could still relate to April and Frank in a surprising number of ways. So ha.) Anywho. The two main characters, Frank and April, aren't exactly likable folks. In fact, they're both pretty messed up and kind of annoying at times. And yet you couldn't help but feel bad for them, sympathize with them, and even root for their happiness as the novel went on. I know alot of people hated April, but I actually preferred her to Frank.
In addition to the amazing characters, the writing is absolutely exquisite. Yates did a fantastic job with writing a natural dialogue and describing emotions and surroundings without whipping out some annoyingly impressive vocabulary. By the end of the novel, not only was I crying my eyes out, (Yeah, so there's a piece of advice for ya: Have tissues on hand.) but I was also wishing I could write something that touching and, well, freaking amazing.
After reading it, I sprinted my butt off down to the Blockbuster to rent the film. Sadly, it was not nearly as good as the book - as is often times the case. The performances were great, but there was just something missing that I couldn't quite put my finger on. However, if you're lazy and aren't a fan of reading, I suggest you watch the movie. It's pretty much spot on plotwise, though not as nearly emotionally devastating. Or, at least, that's my opinion.

So yeah, I'm going to stop blabbering now, as most people have probably already skipped to the next review anyways...All and all, Revolutionary Road is now one of my favorite books and has earned its own permanent spot on my bookshelf. I highly reccommend it!

posted by Ivy26 on May 19, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

didn't enjoy

i really didn't enjoy this book. It was dark, depressing and too wordy. I have no idea how they could possibly make a movie from it.

posted by karen57 on May 9, 2009

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Great snapshot of the time

    While Revolutionary Road wasn't a book that changed my life or altered my perception on it, it was a good read and a good alternative to the common view that the 50s were ultra-idyllic, happy nuclear family times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Revolutionary Road

    This book was pretty anti-climatic. I felt like I knew what was going to happen a couple of chapters in. I thought it was a very mono-tone book. I did not care for the writing style. I recommend skipping the book and going directly to the theatre to see the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    There wasn't a likeable character in the book but they were intriguing in their self absorbtion. The only sane character was John.

    There was a lot of discussion with our book club with this book. Mainly on how much characters were disliked. The reasons for there self loathing and were they justified. Abortion was a big discussion. The book was well written and easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    Depressing!

    I was invested in the characters, but I found the writing a bit sexist and the topics were so depressing. I do NOT want to see the movie after reading the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    I read this book only because I couldn't understand why I had missed reading it years ago when it first came out.

    I thought the characters were very well developed but dark and the story very sad, but pathetic. I actually felt that I knew the characters but they were so shallow I could not like them. My sister and I read most of the same fiction but I would not recommend this book to her.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    Interesting book

    I enjoyed the book, it tended to drag at places, the story was interesting and it reflected the era is was written in well. I have not seen the movie, don't know if I want to after reading the book.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Love in the Suburbs

    I found this story somewhat disturbing at times. I lived in that era, newly married, with 2 children and while I understood some of their feelings, it was a little difficult to relate to their feelings of disappointment and really little knowledge of what they both wanted out of their marriage. However, the read was good.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Revolutionary Road

    Good story line, but somewhat slow read. This book was originally written in the 1960s, I believe, but with the movie trailers, etc, I didn't realize that until I checked the copyright.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

    Revolutionary Road grabs your attention with a plot containing conflicts and questions we've all had at some point in our lives. The story carried out in the 1950s retains its interest because this story still happens in America today. <BR/>However, the characters are not impacting and you do not come to love them as you should if you want to care about what happens to them throughout the story. <BR/>It wasn't terrible but it also wasn't as good as I expected. If you simply enjoy reading stories and do so a lot, I suppose it's a good read. But if you have a hard time reading and only want to read best sellers that are sure to keep you enthralled, leave this one unread.

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