Charlie Kaufman’s movie adaptation of Ian Reid’s unsettling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is about to premiere on Netflix in September. Whereas the film adaptation, starring Jessie Buckley, Tony Collette, and Jesse Plemons, might differ from the novel, the novel is about an unnamed lady who goes to satisfy her boyfriend’s mother and father at their farm. Many bizarre occasions ensue, by which “Girlfriend” continues to contemplate ending issues. The novel ends with a dramatic plot twist you is perhaps questioning about after watching the trailer. Should you do not thoughts spoilers, you’ve got come to the suitable place. This is the way it performs all out.
The Characters and Plot
As soon as Jake and Girlfriend meet at a school trivia night time, 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 mother and father at their farm. Girlfriend appears like she’s identified 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 mother and father, however she goes anyway. She would not plan to inform her mother and father about Jake, however she would not inform him that. As an alternative, on the best way to the farm, the 2 discuss large phrases like “cruciverbalist,” which suggests an individual who’s gifted with crossword puzzles, and whether or not individuals could be really humorous.
Girlfriend talks about “The Caller,” an individual who continues to name her with the identical message: “There’s just one query to resolve. I’m scared. I really feel a little bit loopy. I’m not lucid. The assumptions are proper. I can really feel my worry rising. Now could be the time for the reply. Only one query. One query to reply.” She would not know who the caller is or what they’re speaking about, aside from the caller appears like a person attempting to talk like a girl with a high-pitched tone. She would not inform anybody about The Caller, regardless that she feels scared.
From the second Girlfriend meets Jake’s mother and father, she will inform one thing’s off. His mother and father make bizarre remarks and he or she’s confused by quite a bit of 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 house, Jake and Girlfriend cease at a Dairy Queen, by which Girlfriend acknowledges the cashier however cannot work out 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 automotive collectively, they kiss. After a number of moments, Jake believes a janitor has been watching them.
Crammed with anger, Jake follows the janitor into the college constructing. After ready within the chilly automotive for some time, feeling anxious, 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 college — and goes there.
The Plot Twist
Upon coming into the college, the primary plot twist happens: Girlfriend realizes, largely from the image of Jake she thought was her, that she and Jake are the identical individual. Jake then turns into the narrator of the novel. Regardless of this realization that just one of them is on the college 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 fairly than letting worry get the very best of him. The reader can assume The Caller was Jake taking part in 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 admittedly what Jake wrote in his novel, by 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 fingers Girlfriend a hanger. “I’m considering of ending issues,” she says, and stabs herself. Jake realizes as soon as once more simply how alone he’s. Regardless that 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 college. In direction of the tip of the novel, we study Jake was a janitor 30 years in the past, and his mother and father died a few years in the past as effectively. Individuals on the college seen he wrote in his pocket book quite a bit, however they did not understand what was really happening till they discovered the pocket book by Jake’s physique.
Should you’re combating 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.