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by Melissa Clark (Goodreads Author)
Betsy Wheat purrs - a soft, gentle, seductive hum that manifests in pleasure. But the only problem is she’s horrified by it. Her frenemy Alison was there the first time it happened and exposed this private experience to the entire 7th grade. When Betsy wasn’t being hissed at, she was dodging toy mice and stepping through kitty litter scattered by her classmates. Twelve yea ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Melissa Clark
(first published March 15th 2012)
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I loved this book. It's hard to categorize. Sort of chick lit, but with more depth and insight than is usually found in the genre. Clark's characters, a budding female psychologist with an odd secret, and her first patient, a hoarder, are easy to like, and I followed both their stories with intense interest. Her dialog is spot on, too. Clark (who writes for TV) also knows how to pace and plot, so I kept wanting to return to find out what would happen next. Some surprises along the way. And wonde ...more
If we book reviewers are honest with ourselves, how we react to a book, how we rate a book, is a function of gender, mood, age, stage in life, and most importantly, whether or not the story resonates with us. For example, in my thirties, I tried to read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I found it annoying. Had I reviewed it at that time, I would have given it 1 star. In my fifties I read it again. I recognized it as the masterpiece that it is, and I would now give it 5 stars. The d ...more
I enjoyed this book. But I wish it were longer. It was over just about the time I got invested in the characters. They were true and believable people. So, I would say this is well written. I enjoyed the basic plot, self discovery running parallel to the client and the therapist. Over all a good read. I Want to purr...
Melissa Clark is the author of "Imperfect," "Swimming Upstream, Slowly," and "Bear Witness." She created the animated television show, "Braceface" which starred Alicia Silverstone and ran for 5 seasons on ABC Family. Melissa teaches writing and literature at Otis College of Art and Design and privatelyMore about Melissa Clark...