I wanted a superhero book that wasn t a graphic novel and it wasn t typical And I think that s exactly what this book is. There s this girl named Sheila She s a run of the mill high school student with good grades, a job as a gas station attendant and a big dream of leaving Iowa behind for Paris when she graduates In comes Peter Parker, a twenty six year old cab driver in their Iowa town. Life is boring, humdrum She wants big things, he wants the strange, bad dreams to stop His goal is to leave the town in search of this man from his who is trying to kill himself with pills But, the girl from his dreams, Sheila, is who he worries about After he asks her to go, she tells him to point his gun at her She cleans out the register He drives them to Chicago on this mission Along the way, he starts to refer to her as Gwen Stacy She loves the idea of them, Peter and Gwen And th This is a confusing book. It s not confusing because it s difficult to read or anything like that, but because the point is a little lost Those looking for a comic book analogy of sorts will probably be disappointed, because, at its surface, the book is a story about a teenage girl who meets a man, and they run off together after staging a kidnapping The man has taken the name of Peter Parker, Spider man s real name, and he sees Sheila, the teenager, as Gwen Stacy, Spider man s love interest early on before she dies The story is a lot of dealing with our two protagonists, as Parker had a rough childhood and thus uses the Parker name to distance himself from it, and Sheila forces herself to play along wit Offbeat Love Story About The Adventures And Mutual Rescue Of A Young Woman Out Of Place In Her Hometown And A Mysterious Stranger Who Calls Himself Peter Parker And Begins To Cast Her In The Role Of Spider Man S First Sweetheart , The Night Gwen Stacy Died Is About First Loss, First Love, And Finding Our Real [Sarah Bruni] ☆ The Night Gwen Stacy Died [tristan-da-cunha PDF] Ebook Epub Download ↠´ Identities What a surprisingly delightful book I got this, as is my wont, off the proof shelf at the Strand I knew nothing about it, not even the pop culture reference so obvious that it would make most people roll their eyes turns out that Gwen Stacy is the name of Spiderman s first love, who is killed either before or as he tries to save her. Apparently this is her I didn t know that in fact, I was surprised that the protagonist is named Sheila, and I was at least thirty pages in before I stopped waiting for there to be a character named Gwen I also didn t get it when the other protagonist showed up, named Peter Parker Apparently this is him I never read comic books, okay Let me tell you a bit about the book itself Sheila is finishing high school in Iowa, working at a gas station, learning French and dreaming of moving to Paris as soon as she gra à The Night Gwen Stacy Died à This book started off okay, but then it just got weird I read reviews that the end sucked, so I skipped to the end and it made no sense whatsoever Yeah. Hay varias cosas en la vida que no termino de entender la teor a de la relatividad, los mapas, la letra de los doctores y este libro. Lo juro, no estoy segura de haber entendido la trama en realidad Y esto se debe a que la historia es contada alternativamente por diferentes PV y cada uno nos cuenta es su versi n de los hechos La autora desaparece, no nos aclara cual es la realidad, y deja que los personajes realmente tomen el control Esa, me parece, que es la verdadera magia de la historia. Estoy bastante segura que los personajes tienen serios problemas mentales Por lo que, lo que leemos es una historia de amor y misterio contada por dos locos Extra a, bizarra, maravillosa. Inolvidable. This is, at its heart, a love story between a teenage girl and a mysterious stranger Anyone who can remember making stupid decisions as a teen will certainly enjoy the main plot of the book, in which a young gas station attendant agrees to fake a robbery kidnapping and disappear to Chicago with an odd dude she sees at work from time to time Their love story, despite a foundation of felonies and lies, is charming, with its exploration of two people choosing to create new identities for themselves with the help of supportive partners What sets this book apart, then, is the weird surreality The young man calls himself Peter Parker, and he names his love Gwen Stacy which is a quirky nickname until Gwen begins unwittingly acting out scenes from the original Spider Man comics and Gwen Stacy is the name of the ill fated first girlfriend of Peter Parker Spider Man Unlike the film versions, which totally botches that relationships, the comic book series took possibly the most dramatic arc of any to date when in issue 121 of The Amazing Spider Man, Gwen Stacy is killed at the hands of Spider Man s arch rival and father of his best friend the Green Goblin Ironically, those who remember this issue will recognize the irony that Gwen Stacy may actually have been killed by Spider Man s attempt to save her rather than the fall she suffered at the hands of the Goblin. It is this fictional back story that author Sarah Bruni uses as the center piece for her brilliantly conceived novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died It is a tale of love, fantasy and rescuing those who are need of saving When a 26 year old cab driver
As a long time Spider Man fan, the title of Sarah Bruni s first novel caught my attention And while it would be easy to assume that The Night Gwen Stacy Died is another in the long trend of tie in novels, retelling a classic comic book story line, that is not the case here. Seventeen year old Sheila Gower doesn t quite fit into her small town Taking a job at a local convenience store to save up money to escape town by going to France, she meets a man who refers to himself as Peter Parker And while Peter does have a secret identity, it s not necessarily that of everyone s favorite wall crawler Instead, it s to hide the fact that his life is just as mundane and doesn t quite fit into the small town life as Sheila does. The two have a budding flirtation which gets taken up to the next level when Peter and Sheila decide to run off together and hit Guys, I don t even know I picked this up because I was intrigued by the title, as a comics fan, but okay So I liked the start of the story It s set in Iowa City Coralville, which I liked, because I like Iowa City The protagonists are a 17 year old girl named Sheila, who works at a gas station, and a 20 something dude named Peter Parker, who frequents the gas station to buy cigarettes Sheila suspects Peter Parker s ID is fake, because who would name their child after Spider Man, right Anyway, at first I liked Sheila a lot High school misfit, saving up her money to go to France after high school with no set plan because she doesn t want to go straight to college and she wants to get out of Iowa So she listens to French CDs and practices
About The Author
Sarah Bruni is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the MFA program at Washington University in St Louis She has roots in Chicago, has taught creative writing in St Louis, volunteered as a writing and English tutor in San Francisco, and Montevideo, Uruguay, and currently lives in Brooklyn The Night Gwen Stacy Died is her first novel.