She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club)
Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself...more
Delores's story is moving and has something we can all relate to, especially those of us who have ever gone through a trauma or depression....more
Is that too harsh? Okay, then I don't understand how Oprah could have hated us enough to unleash this painfully uninteresting, largely unlikeable character onto the mass-market shelves of greater America.
Is that still too harsh? Okay, then how about this: I read this when it was published back in '98, and still I feel compelled to write about how much I disliked it ten years later (and on my first day as a goodreads member).
Here is a review by someone named Colin who I don't know but I completely agree with:
"Yes. I hated this book. I read it about ten years ago, and it pissed me off. To this day I refer to it as "that goddamn whale book." What repelled me then is that the main character, a...more
I read some of the other reviews before writing this and I was surprised at how many women were shocked that a man could write such a convincing woman's perspective.
I know MANY insightful, perceptive men who understand women, so I don't find it a stretch that a man can write with a woman's voice. T...more
A week after finishing this book, I still have conflicting opinions. It’s hard to synthesize them into a coherent review, so I’m just going to summarize what I liked and disliked.
On the plus side:
Easy to read: The story is told as a first-person narrative by the main protagonist, Dolores. Though her actions can be exasperating to the point where you want to shake some sense into her, she is always engaging, keeping a sense of (sometimes gallows) humor as she recreat...more
To be blunt, I didn't like it. It's hard to know where to begin when explaining my dislike for 'She's Come Undone.' Wally Lamb, to be sure, wrote very...believably. I felt like it was a girl writing. However, the fact of the matter is that I'm a man, and I have no idea how a woman thinks. Therefore, I'm clearly not the best judge of this.
I also have to admit to having personal knowledge of the author - which in no way colors my opinion of this book. Mr. Lamb was a writing teacher at my high school in CT and actually helped me quite a bit in writing my college application essays. I got in to every school I applied for - even my reach school - and I am positive that the essay I wrote was the biggest tipping point. My essay was really good and it was wholly because of Mr....more
Yeah. Good luck with that one.
Until I read it again and realized it was filled with stereotypes! There was a rotten father, long suffering mother whose own mother was racist and repressed, one evil man after the other, the weak, effeminate gay man who dies of AIDS to push the main character to love her life more, a half black child that raps, a butchy lesbian, dits...more
Is plot message? Perhaps not, but when a man writes from the perspective of a woman, am I out of line to look at the plot with a critical eye? He is neither female nor, necessarily, lesbian.
Could what he described happen? Sure. But it's mostly straight people wh...more
She’s Come Undone is the story of a troubled teenage girl growing into a woman, her struggles and the ways in which she decides to cope with them. She puts on a tough exterior but inside is as soft as the marshmallows she finds comfort in.
Dolores is plagued with heartache, hurt...more
The HR director where I used to work saw me leaving my copy at the company lending library.
"Didn't you LOVE that book?" she swooned.
"Well, some of my friends did, but to be honest, I...more
The slothfulness and blaming done in this was ridiculous; I hated the characters. I wanted to yell at these people to get their acts together. I suppose this was the point; the book was well written and the characters had depth...more
Actually, with very few exceptions, I refuse to read adult books written by adults with a child/adolescent protagonist. The worst is when they attempt to write from that perspective, in the first.
That said, I liked this book ok - I would never snatch it away from a dear friend to preserve their sanity and time. But I would recommend that they read I...more
Oh and its written by a man who is absolutely impecable at capturing the feminine adolescent bi-polar voice. Cause I know when I'm at the book store I'm like ok can you tell me where the Feminine adolescent bi-polar section is?.....
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