#6Degrees Saturday: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

While I was on hiatus for a few weeks, I came across this very interesting little meme called 6 Degrees of Separation. I’m sure you already know how it works — you take a book/person/thing/whatever and build a string of six connections between it and another book/person/thing/whatever. The connections can be anything: A shared name, a common event, identical settings, anything you can find. I thought it was a fun little game, created by authors Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman, and I decided to give it a shot. Obviously, all the connections being made for the purpose of this particular meme are between books.

(Full disclosure: If I really suck at this, I won’t do it again next month. Ha!)

So here are the rules:

And let’s get started!

From Amazon: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Ev Winslow’s mother, Tilde, reminds me very much of Amy Dunne in terms of the type-A perfectionism. Always elegantly dressed, perfectly coiffed, and perpetually in control, Tilde, like Amy, is the kind of woman you simultaneously admire and find yourself intimidated by. (Side note — this book, by the lovely Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, is easily my favorite book so far this year!)

We Were Liars is a recently-published, very popular novel centering around an old-money family on vacation on their private island, much like the Winslows in Bittersweet (who spend their summers on their private estate). Secrets and intrigue abound!

Cutting Teeth is another book I absolutely adore and shares a publication date — May 13, 2014 — with We Were Liars. (And We Were Liars! That was a busy day in the publishing world!) It’s the story of four sets of parents, and their children, who gather for a long holiday weekend at one family’s beach house. All those parents? All those kids? You bet there’s gonna be drama…

Just as with Cutting Teeth‘s Nicole and Josh, Leslie and Wesley’s life appears perfect on the surface — but it’s not all sunshine and roses underneath. Unlike Nicole, however, Leslie sets out to reclaim herself and her happiness.

Allison Weiss tries to live the perfect life and be the perfect wife like Leslie — but she does it with the help of overdosing on painkillers she purchases from a website called Penny Lane. (This novel is really scary stuff — and definitely Jennifer Weiner’s most serious novel!)

The connection between All Fall Down and The Lovely Bones is simple: It’s all about the setting. Both are set in the Philadelphia area!

So there you have it, my very first #6Degrees of Separation post! How do you think I did? Want to give it a shot yourself? Post your #6Degrees in the comments!

  • Glad you joined in this month! I really like this meme and I only have to commit to once a month! The only one of your 6 I’ve read is The Lovely Bones.I wasn’t really a huge fan but I think there was so much hype by the time I read it that it was inevitable that I would be a little disappointed!
    Hope to see you next month!

  • momssmallvictories

    Great job, I like how you threw in a book with common publication dates!

  • Brona

    It’s fascinating to see where everyone ends up with their 6 degrees.

    Here’s mine…

  • readathomemama

    Thanks! I tend toward historical fiction and women’s fiction (which I really kind of hate that they call “chick lit”), so I had a good idea that I’d probably stick to those types of books. It’ll be interesting to see how next month’s list works out!

  • readathomemama

    Thanks, Tanya! Because this was my first attempt, I was just looking for any connection I could find. May 13 just happened to be a big day for published books I had an interest in, and two of them fit together as a connection for this list! Yay!

  • readathomemama

    Hi, nice to meet you! I wasn’t a huge fan of The Lovely Bones, either, but it is what it is. I heard a movie was made a few years ago but I haven’t had a chance to see it. I wonder if I’ll prefer it to the book.

    I’m sure I’ll give the meme another shot next month!