I can't possibly give Y is for Yesterday anything less than 5 stars. I did not want to finish it since this was the last Kinsey Millhone book that I'll ever read for the first time but it was so darn good that I could not stop. Grafton was one of the only authors that I could always count on to write books that I absolutely, totally loved every single time. I will miss her and Kinsey a great deal. A wonderful end to a series that I may just have to read again some day.
Definitely not one of her best. Way, way too long. My interest waxed and waned through the entire novel until I couldn't take it any longer. I gave up 100 pages from the end when I realised I don't care what happens to any of them. As I said, this book should've been around 200 pages, then perhaps it would've been readable.
Sad that the alphabet now ends is Y. RIP Sue!
I have waited in anticipation each year for the new letter to come out! I will truly miss Kinsey and her index cards and her typewriter! And Henry!! <3
Sue Grafton passed away on December 28, 2017. There will be no "Z is for Zero." Ms. Grafton also made sure that Kinsey Millhone would never see the light of video. I am sad that this is the last book in the series and sad that Ms. Grafton was unable to finish the series. I've read them all, from A to Y. Kinsey was like an old friend that I caught up with every couple of years. Thanks Sue Grafton and thanks Kinsey!
Having read some of the other recent posts, I disagree. This was one of Sue Grafton's best. I enjoyed reading it.
Teenagers on booze and drugs doesn't hold my interest and it goes on and on and on .... I loved her first books and have read them many times over. This one isn't worth the paper it's written on. And where's Henry? I suspect, like another reader, that Sue Grafton was dying during the course of writing this book and it was put together in a hurry. 100 pages would have said it all.
On Dec 28, 2017 Sue Grafton died. I agree her latest book is to long and I suspect it was published in hast.
There will not be a #26 'Z is for Zero'
Grafton captured my interest with her opening chapter about a female teen being sent to talk to the school's VP. The following chapters expand on that incident to show its relevance to current events in which Kinsey gets involved. Although there are numerous teens involved in the plot as well as their parents, Grafton repeats events so that finally the names, their actions, the consequences of those actions stuck in my mind. The side stories, used to show the passage of time, involve those of her constant neighbors and a continuation of a life threat from a character in the last novel. There are just a few adventurous scenes in this novel that are sprinkled in after the middle of the story. Grafton includes several themes dealing with teens in this novel that one could almost think she was writing for that age group. She includes issues like bullying, drinking and smoking, absent parents/blended families/divorced parents, peer pressure, homophobia/coming out, privileged vs less fortunate teens, teen jail sentences, but the sexual abuse issue would be pushing it a bit far as an appropriate read for an older teenager, IMO. Grafton's writing strategy of inserting chapters describing events in past years did not bother me with this book as such chapters occurred infrequently, rather than in alternate chapters. Another good book by Grafton that didn't disappoint. She dribbles out the details of the teens' past destructive actions so that reading about those events do seem repetitive, but each time Grafton offers the reader more clues as to who the culprit might be.
This novel is hard work . I’m half way through and tempted to return it to the library. It is way too long, it should have had a vicious edit.
Much better than "X". I do not like the current style of book writing of inflating the number of pages by often irrelevant descriptions and side stories. But thought twice about reading this after the last few but it's OK. I'll read "Z".
What became of our cool, street-wise Kinsey? She's been replaced by a potty mouthed insecure rambler, that's what. Sadly, there was no interest in finding what happened in the other half of the book. A real disappointment!
Even though I didn't care for this book, I enjoyed most of them, at least through "L." I was still looking forward to "Z," and am heartbroken that our beloved Sue Grafton has died of cancer.
Perhaps I am waxing a bit on the nostalgic side, but I am really going to miss Kinsey Milhone after just one more book! That may have made me lean towards awarding an extra star. This latest installment seemed to me to be one of the best in quite sometime. There is the continued threat of Ned Lowe combined with the mysterious VHS tape/murder scandal from ten years prior. I appreciated seeing the story from the 1979 POV as well as the instigators of the current blackmail scheme and, of course, Kinsey herself. Her snarky inner voice is strong as ever. Looking forward to "Z is for. . ." with anticipation, yet dreading the end of a really great series.
Enjoyable read, but it should have been 383 pages, not 483. Looking forward to Z.
I agree that the book is too long and too wordy. Skipped over alot but enjoyed the story. Have read all her books and look forward to "Z". Do enjoy the characters!!
The book was long and wordy and I did a lot of skimming. Some reads I like the description but this series I did not. I have been reading all the letters and this was ok, then good, then interesting. I liked how it had a few story lines in it. I am hoping Z is good. I figure if you been reading the alphabet series, may as well pick up Y as well.
I have enjoyed this series, but this book dragged. It is almost 500 pages, and it felt like a real slog. The characters were really unlikeable; I not only did not care what happened to them, I felt that whatever bad happened to them, they deserved.
This book is set in 1989 with flashbacks to 1979. I did not appreciate the plot, even though its premise could have been valid in the time period.
I finished the book because I have read the whole series and there is only one more book after this one. Previously I thought the later books in this series were actually getting better, but I really did not care for this one.
This was unlike any Sue Grafton book I've read. I barely made it past the half-way mark and quit reading. The plot was uninteresting and poorly told.
Y is for Yesterday gave the impression that it was not written solely by Grafton but by a committee.
Well two things. I meant to rate this book FIVE stars, but for some reason my rating came up as 4 1/2 stars. Oh well.
Next, reading all the prior ratings, it seems people either loved or hated this book. Not much in between. I loved this book and gave it a 5 star rating. (well I tried to)
All I can say is, for me, her last two books were not great. In fact the "W" book, I thought was awful. The "X" book was OK. She got a little "cutsey" with the X names and references. But it was OK.
This book, I could hardly put down! Half way or less through, I found myself thinking "Sue Grafton is back!" That's all I'm going to say for now. I really, really loved this book.
I hope she does as great a job with her last book in the series, the "Z" book. I can't hardly wait to find out what the title is going to be. Z is for Zebra? Someone breaks into the Zoo and kills a security guard (who has a mysterious past) and kidnaps a zebra?
Wow. I don't remember staggering through 3/4 of a book only to quit, but it happened here.
About one hundred pages remaining, when she went back again to 1979, for the hundredth time, I just quit.
Just a few flashes of the old Grafton were not enough.
Two crime stories, one was an investigation case involving "Youth, sex, money, betrayal” and the other a weak closure of a serial killer who emerged as a side tale in her 2015 novel X which brought a sigh of relief at the end. More so than previous stories, Grafton's penned too much non-essential information, this time on home decorations, on top of recycling tidbits on herself and the same old ensemble of characters from prior stories. Like I said before: Thank goodness that I was not listening to audiobook and able to speed read those mundane sections. Like cknightkc, a mandatory read after enjoyed or suffered through 25 alphabets already.
This is the worst Sue Grafton book that I have read and I have read all of her books. Should have been named shades of tabloid.If I want to read four letter words in every sentence , I would not read a mystery book.I could pick up a tabloid magazine.The plot is like a boat without a rudder.I read half of the 500 pages and am not able to read any more,and will give it back to the library.
"Y is for Yawn" in this overly long installment of the popular alphabet mysteries. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed spending time once again with PI Kinsey Milhone and company, including her friend and landlord Henry and Rosie, the fiery Hungarian restaurant owner. It was also fun revisiting the 1980’s in the fictional seaside town of Santa Teresa which has almost taken on the qualities of another character in this popular series. I just wish there had been more of the spunky Kinsey I’ve come to know in this book. The main mystery is particularly graphic, with a host of unlikeable suspects, and for me, an unsatisfying resolution to a holdover villain from a previous book. This being the penultimate novel in the series I was expecting more and ended up being disappointed. Still, as a die-hard fan for the past 30+ years, I will stay true to author Sue Grafton until the bitter end when Z IS FOR ZERO is published in 2019.