LIFESTYLE | Notes On A Scandal Review

So I picked up Notes On A Scandal by Zoë Heller in a local British Heart Foundation because I absolutely loved the film (it has Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench in it and they're both amazing, obvs) and also, isn't the cover pretty nice? 



Our narrator is Barbara, an older unmarried and childless woman who wants to tell us what happened when her friend Sheba started an affair with an underage student at the school they both work at, in defence of Sheba. However she soon reveals her own sordid secrets and she ended up creeping me out way more than Sheba which was unexpected because obviously she's kinda gross for getting with a kid. What I love about reading is the chance to get inside someone else's head and see things from a different point of view, even if I don't agree with it...this is the case for Barbara, you can feel her cold stare and her disdain for almost everyone and everything. She's not a likeable character and brings a lot of things on to herself but I felt desperately sorry for her at the same time.

This novel covers a lot of themes but the biggie for me was loneliness. If you've ever felt truly lonely some of the passages will really hit you in the heart. I spent a lot of my teenage years feeling lonely and a bit of an outcast so I could relate to some of what Barbara says (although I really hope I'm not like her character at all!) which does make me feel sorry for her, even though she's quite an awful and judgemental person which explains why people don't want to be around her. I just think loneliness is the saddest thing which is why I read most of this book with a heavy heart. Although this feeling did kind of go away at the ending which was, like the rest of the book, quietly sinister (and way better than the movie ending!)

Have you read this or seen the film? I really recommend both!
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29 comments:

  1. Should I admit I haven't seen the film or red the book. Sounds like it deals with some interesting issues Lucy x

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  2. Have never seen the movie or read the book too:( This is going on my TBR list. The plot line sounds really interesting and right up my alley. I'm a sucker for not-likeable protagonists:D Thanks for this review, Josie, and have a fab weekend.

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  3. I hadn’t seen the movie but read the book in college. I hated the character but did pity her as you say also. I agree, she brings a lot of issues on herself but it’s sad that she can’t fully admit the fact that she’s possibly a lesbian and in love with her best friend. Loneliness really is a key part to the novel and all of the character are relatable – a very deep book
    that touches upon many issues.

    Alina x

    The Fairytale Pretty Picture

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  4. I've been looking for new books to read and this sounds like it'd be a good little read! :)

    Blushhx

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  5. Oooh my friend recommended this book to me just last night actually, it looks really interesting. It has been added to be To Be Read list on Goodreads!

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  6. Ah loneliness. Shoutout to you girl. This book looks really awesome, I may have to check it out and get the audiobook!

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com / creative + lifestyle blog

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  7. I haven't read this or watched the film but I'm quite intrigued now! xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  8. Oh this sounds like a great book! I'll be checking this out : D

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  9. this sounds like a good read, and I haven't seen the film either so will definitely be checking out both! I have only read like 1 book where I didn't like the protagonist so am interested to try another, great review as always! xx

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  10. I haven't read the book or seen the film but your review is great! Love how you spoke about the character development.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  11. Sounds so interesting, I'll try to find it!

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  12. I've seen the film but not read the book. It's love to read though if the ending is different!


    Corinne x
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  13. This sounds really interesting! I will definitely find a way to read this book! I'll be checking this out too Thank you for sharing this! :)

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  14. Oooh! I haven't watched the film or read the film but I'm intrigued. I hate the idea of you ever feeling lonely (even if it was in the past), you're such an inspiring and strong woman.

    Tara x

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  15. Yeah it was different to what I've seen or read before! x

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  16. Same, it's more interesting to read about someone you're not really rooting for! x

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  17. It's a weird feeling to not like someone but pity them at the same time x

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  18. Definitely worth a read, it's just a short book too! x

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  19. It's not that long so it's worth giving it a go! x

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  20. I'd say both are equally good :) x

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  21. It's really good! I want to read more of Zoe Heller's stuff now x

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  22. Both are great! It's weird when you don't like the protagonist but it's still enjoyable x

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  23. Some people prefer the film ending but I like the book's! Would love to know what you think if you read it :) x

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  24. It's a great read, short but packs a punch :) x

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  25. It was all teenage stuff I think ;) could've done with the blog world back then haha! x

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  26. I've seen this book around and always thought how pretty the cover was. Notes On A Scandal sounds like a really riveting story, and interesting that it touches on so many themes. I like that it sounds quite dark at times, and allows you to feel empathy for the narrator, however unlikeable she may be. It sounds like a real deep read!


    Like Tara, I hate the thought of you being lonely, even if it was a while back. Just know we all love you to pieces here! We wouldn't let you feel that way again here at JJ towers, promise you <3


    Sophie | soinspo xo

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