My Heart is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones

My Heart is a Chainsaw wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. I am not a fan of long-winded tangents, and a lot of this book is exactly that. Because the book is coming in at over 400 pages, you can expect many of those pages to be such tangents. It makes for slow reading.

I would have loved this book if we took out that slow parts and focused on the horror aspect. I liked Jade’s vast knowledge of all things horror movies. Jade is a very special character who has been through too much in her young life. When the pacing finally started picking up, the book was hard to put down. Overall, this is an enjoyable read, and while not totally the right fit for me, it will appeal to a lot of readers. Thank you, Gallery Books, for sending this along.

My Heart is a Chainsaw is available for preorder on Amazon for $12.99, it releases August 31st.

This review is also on Goodreads and Bookbub.

About the Book:

Jade Daniels is an angry, half-Indian outcast with an abusive father, an absent mother, and an entire town that wants nothing to do with her. She lives in her own world, a world in which protection comes from an unusual source: horror movies…especially the ones where a masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them. And Jade narrates the quirky history of Proofrock as if it is one of those movies. But when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake, she pulls us into her dizzying, encyclopedic mind of blood and masked murderers, and predicts exactly how the plot will unfold.

Yet, even as Jade drags us into her dark fever dream, a surprising and intimate portrait emerges…a portrait of the scared and traumatized little girl beneath the Jason Voorhees mask: angry, yes, but also a girl who easily cries, fiercely loves, and desperately wants a home. A girl whose feelings are too big for her body. My Heart Is a Chainsaw is her story, her homage to horror and revenge and triumph.

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