Patchwork Girl was probably the most frustrating thing I’ve ever read. It was confusing for many reasons, the main one being the fact that it was non-linear. There was no way to know if you read all of it and if you did manage to read all of it, your interpretation of it was completely different from the next person’s. What is even worse is that Shelley Jackson didn’t even write it in a linear fashion. I’m not sure why she did it this way. Maybe she meant for the Patchwork Girl to never be fully understood, but at least if she’d written it in a linear way and then broken it up there would be potential for it to make sense. Since it was written in a non-linear way I feel like there can be no climax or conclusion to the story. Maybe Jackson did this in order to emphasize the hodgepodge-ness of the patchwork girl herself. I appreciate the uniqueness of the Patchwork Girl and I think it is effective for Jackson to show the story in the way that she does, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t find it incredibly frustrating.
Source: Are You Kidding Me?