Friday, 10 March 2017

February's Book | We Need To Talk About Kevin


I have been meaning to read 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' for years. My Mum was the one who initially gave it to me, after reading it herself, and I immediately gave it a go, but found I couldn't get into it. About 5/6 years later I finally have picked it up again, and could not put it down! In fact I even took it to work with me to read during my lunch break, something I have never done before. Saying all this, it is not necessarily an enjoyable book, as the story is pretty harrowing and had me thinking about it for a long time. 

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' is a fictional book by Lionel Shriver, telling the story of a school massacre. Written in first person from the perspective of Eva Khatchadourian, the mother of the killer, Kevin, the book is told as a series of letters to Eva's presumed ex-husband Franklin. The letters begin November 1st 2000, nearly 2 years after the crime, and through these letters Eva retells her life before and after Kevin, with continual glimpses into the events of the crime & her present day situation. From early on in the book it is apparent that she was on trial for parental negligence, and in some way these letters to Franklin are her way of showing that whilst she was not the perfect parent, she was also not, in my opinion, responsible for parental negligence. As the story develops we also learn more about Kevin's odd character, and how difficult he was even as a small child. I also find it really interesting hearing about Franklin as a father, and through her retelling how the years unfolded in these letters we see how Franklin also has a lot to answer for as father to Kevin. 

This book is such an interesting and thought provoking read, and I love the complexity of each character in the story. A strong theme in the book is the argument of nature vs nurture, a topic that I continued to debate whilst reading this book. If any of you have read the book, I would love to hear your opinion on whether you felt the parents were responsible for how Kevin turned out.
If you have not read it, then I would really recommend it, it's by no means a happy book, but it is such an interesting story, and one that will stick with me for a long time. 


Thanks for reading

-- AshCam

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Monday, 6 March 2017

FEBRUARY


Oh my February has flown by! I actually am in a little bit of shock that it is March as I write this??!
February has definitely been much busier than I anticipated & I have been thrown back into the working world suddenly, and have found myself working harder than I have in a long time!

 As any of my avid readers will know from my JANUARY post, I started my new internship at the start of this month, working as a studio assistant at Teatum Jones. It has been exactly a month since my first day & it has been crazy & tiring, but super fun and I've been lucky enough to have another internship with the nicest team! I am also very lucky and feel privileged to have been involved in Teatum Jones AW17 London Fashion Week show this month - eeeee!!! The fashion work may look super glamorous from the outside - however, be warned if you are wanting to enter the fashion industry be prepared for stress, hard work, and loooong hours! The Teatum Jones team for example had the show on Friday 19th Feb at 9am, so we went to work Thursday morning and worked through the night and morning, only going home at 4:30pm Friday! A few of the stages of that evening you can see depicted in photos above! As exhausted as I was, it was really good fun, and as a team we never lost motivation, and it was so worth it when seeing the collection come together at the show. It's also been so inspiring seeing Rob Jones, Catherine Teatum & their team working on the collection on the run up to Fashion Week - so much thought and creativity goes into everything they do, and the result is amazing. 

February hasn't all been about work however, and whilst my weekends have mainly been about me catching up on sleep deprivation from LFW, I've also found time to finally go and see La La Land, do a bit of song writing with my sister, and spend time with my cousin. Unfortunately I haven't found as much time as I initially hoped to blog this month, but as always it was in my thoughts and I have plans to change that next month - we'll see how that goes...! I am, however, super excited to see what March holds for me!

Thanks for reading...

-- AshCam






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