The Secret History

Let’s talk about Donna Tartt for a second. Is she not the best?! But really, she has already written my all time favorite novel, The Goldfinch, and every time that I pick up one of her books I am in awe. Well, to be fair I have actually only read 2 of her 3 novels but alas, both are genius and both are genius for different reasons.

I recently picked up a copy of The Secret History. This is another book that I remember being highly publicized, however I never got around to reading it until this week and now I am utterly disappointed in myself for not reading this sooner!

The Secret History follows a young boy who goes off to a fancy college on a scholarship to the great disdain of his parents. He ends up in a semi-elitist group of highly eccentric kids studying Greek and the classics under a professor who elicits an air of mystery. Essentially, the more involved he becomes with this group and the more he finds out about the more he realizes that he doesn’t really know them.

I don’t want to say anymore about the plot, as I don’t want to give anything away and the mystery of the story is what makes it! BUT OMG, Donna Tartt! I could literally analyze this book front to back and give you every example possible of how she uses every literary trick and it works so perfectly and harmoniously to give you this story. She literally uses foreshadowing in the most blunt, provocative way possible and gets away with it because it makes you read FASTER. But she does so much more.

Donna Tartt is my official author crush. If I ever become an author I hope my novels are as intelligent and sophisticated as The Goldfinch and The Secret History, because these are both truly works of literary art.

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