My Heart is a Chainsaw ARC Review

Amazon.com: My Heart Is a Chainsaw: 9781982137632: Jones, Stephen Graham:  Books

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

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Summary

Jade Daniels is the horror girl. The freak, the loner, the one you don’t get too close to. Mix her obscure obsession with 80’s slashers films with her awful life, you have a girl that’s begging to get out. Out of her town, life, and the eyes of those judging her. But when her small town of Proofrock is turned into an actual slasher film, no one is more prepared than Jade to find and help the final girl of this film and keep the bloodbath from happening, or maybe she’ll sit back and watch it all unfold as her own, personal slasher.

My Thoughts:

This book took me on a WILD ride. One that I thought I was prepared for, but the farther into the ride I got the less sure I was. But I loved every twist and jerk of it. Jones has this beautiful talent of writing a story where I have no idea what’s happening, but I keep reading in hopes of understanding. I stay confused until the end when it all comes together, and I furiously turn the pages back to reread the sections I didn’t understand before. It’s glorious, and this book is no different. There were times I out loud said “what” about something Jade said, or what was happening. But then I went back and it all made sense. Jones also weaves in so many pop culture and slasher references that I somehow didn’t hate even though I normally get annoyed. (but you might want to brush up on your 80’s horrors(sorry I mean slashers)). It reminded me of Ready Player One where I liked the references, it helped make Jade a character.

Also, I have to add I love that Jade ate up the gore in slashers, but when it came to real-life she couldn’t do it. Cause girl, me too.

Throughout the book I continuously asked what’s happening, is this real, and most importantly girl stop leave it alone! But I couldn’t stop. I ate it up! Some people say it takes about 60% for the plot to get moving, but I disagree. I think the plot was there, but instead of moving linearly, it was moving all over the place you just needed to know where to look. It tricks you into thinking it’s moving slow to trick you into a false sense of security before it SLAMs you back into it. And that ending, oh that ending!! It also tackles gentrification and colonialism in such a poignant way. These rich people come in with all their promises of grandeur and new things for them. Take what they want, use the residents of Proofrock until they’re no longer need them, cast them aside, and then move to slowly push them out. It happens so much today and is something that needs to be talked about, and this book did so in such a smart way. Something you don’t expect to see in a horror novel, but one that I think is very fitting for the genre.

 My gushing aside, I did find myself getting quite annoyed with Jade more than once. Her obsessive one-track thought process got tiring, but I can see why she was like that and why it was important. Just made me want to smack her upside the head. Honestly, I don’t think I cared about any of the characters too much. None of them ever tried to get her help throughout her life, they just kind of ignored her and then questioned why she was the way she was. What do you expect?

Would I recommend?

YES! I think the pacing and the overall structure can definitely feel off putting to some. It’s not laid out like other horror books, and if you don’t like weird books, or ones, where you have to wait until the end for the payoff this, might be a bit of a struggle for you. Also if you avoid gore and extreme violence, I would say stay FAR away. There is no lack of either. But for everyone else YES. This is a perfect read for any horror lover or anyone who enjoyed any of Jones’ previous works.

Huge thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review!

4 thoughts on “My Heart is a Chainsaw ARC Review

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  1. I’m glad you had such a fun time with this wild ride! It’s interesting how a plot that’s all over the place is often just confusing, but if you get someone who does it right, it’s actually more engaging than a linear one. It turns into this fun puzzle that has you looking everywhere for clues and fitting them together, enjoying the process more than waiting for the final picture.

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