Charlie Kaufman’s movie adaptation of Ian Reid’s unsettling debut novel, I am Pondering of Ending Issues, is ready to premiere on Netflix in September. Whereas the film adaptation, starring Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, and Jesse Plemons, might differ from the novel, the novel is about an unnamed lady who goes to satisfy her boyfriend’s dad and mom at their farm. Many bizarre occasions ensue, through which “Girlfriend” continues to think about ending issues. The novel ends with a dramatic plot twist you is likely to be questioning about after watching the trailer. In the event you do not thoughts spoilers, you have come to the appropriate place. This is the way it performs all out.
The Characters and Plot
As soon as Jake and Girlfriend meet at a university trivia evening, he slips his quantity on a bit of paper in her purse. They do not date for lengthy earlier than Jake takes Girlfriend to satisfy his dad and mom at their farm. Girlfriend appears like she’s recognized Jake for longer than she has, and regardless of their rising nearer, Girlfriend thinks of ending issues typically. These ideas make her really feel responsible about going to satisfy Jake’s dad and mom, however she goes anyway. She does not plan to inform her dad and mom about Jake, however she does not inform him that. As a substitute, on the best way to the farm, the 2 discuss large phrases like “cruciverbalist,” which implies an individual who’s proficient with crossword puzzles, and whether or not individuals could be really humorous.
Girlfriend thinks about “The Caller,” an individual who continues to name her with the identical message: “There’s just one query to resolve. I am scared. I really feel a bit of loopy. I am not lucid. The assumptions are proper. I can really feel my concern rising. Now could be the time for the reply. Only one query. One query to reply.” She does not know who the caller is or what they’re speaking about, aside from the caller seems like a person attempting to talk like a girl with a high-pitched tone. She does not inform anybody about The Caller, although she feels scared.
From the second Girlfriend meets Jake’s dad and mom, she will inform one thing’s off. His dad and mom make bizarre remarks and she or he’s confused by numerous what she sees. For instance, she sees an image of an individual she thinks is her youthful self, however Jake says it is him.
The peculiarities do not finish on the farm: On the best way residence, Jake and Girlfriend cease at a Dairy Queen, through which Girlfriend acknowledges the cashier however cannot determine how she is aware of her. After ending their treats, Jake decides they’re going to throw the cups away at a highschool. As soon as they’re again within the automobile collectively, they kiss. After a couple of moments, Jake believes a janitor has been watching them.
Full of anger, Jake follows the janitor into the varsity constructing. After ready within the chilly automobile for some time, feeling nervous, Girlfriend decides to test on Jake. She rapidly will get misplaced – however then remembers the place the gymnasium is, regardless of having by no means been to this faculty – and goes there.
The Plot Twist
Upon coming into the varsity, the primary plot twist happens: Girlfriend realizes, largely from the image of Jake she thought was her, that she and Jake are the identical particular person. Jake then turns into the narrator of the novel. Regardless of this realization that solely one among them is on the faculty at that second, each Jake and Girlfriend sit in a closet collectively, and Jake recounts wishing he’d given Girlfriend his quantity within the pub somewhat than letting concern get the perfect of him. The reader can assume The Caller was Jake enjoying out this fantasy of courting Girlfriend and attempting to determine if that life was potential for him.
Then the second plot twist happens: This story the novel portrays is basically what Jake wrote in his novel, through which he pretends he gave Girlfriend his quantity. He wished they’d gotten collectively so badly that he made it actual via writing about it.
The janitor then opens the closet door and arms Girlfriend a hanger. “I am pondering of ending issues,” she says, and stabs herself. Jake realizes as soon as once more simply how alone he’s. Although Girlfriend stabs herself, since she’s not likely there, it is Jake who dies by suicide.
In between these chapters are dialogues in italics spoken by unknown characters about an terrible occasion that occurred on the faculty. Towards the top of the novel, we be taught Jake was a janitor 30 years in the past, and his dad and mom died a few years in the past as nicely. Individuals on the faculty observed he wrote in his pocket book lots, however they did not understand what was really happening till they discovered the pocket book by Jake’s physique.
In the event you’re scuffling with ideas of suicide, you aren’t alone and also you deserve assist. Please attain out by calling the Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, or texting the Disaster Textual content Line, 741-741.
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