As a writer myself, I really enjoy a good piece of writing. Sheila Hageman is a skilled writer. I honestly diIntriguing story & incredible writing
As a writer myself, I really enjoy a good piece of writing. Sheila Hageman is a skilled writer. I honestly didn't expect to find such inspired writing from a former stripper. Of course, she left the business and went to college, but I assume she was born with a talent that lay latent for a long time. And the decisions she made in her youth may have been "bad" ones, but bad decisions don't mean a lack of intellect. I should know. I made plenty of my own bad decisions and am the mother of a 20-something daughter.
Hageman starts by telling her story, leaving nothing out. It reads like a typical memoir. But by the end you get the impression you've sat in on her therapy sessions. I believe writing Stripping Down was a cathartic experience for the author.
I learned a lot about myself while reading this book. While my story is not the author's, I can draw many parallels, and it forced me into introspection more than once.
Reading this book gives one an inside look at the strip club industry, but also gives you a good idea why it's so hard to be a girl/young woman/adult woman. I'd encourage guys with an open mind to give this book a read to get a better idea of how women think, and how what guys say impact girls. ...more
This book is extremely awesome and incredibly addictive. I had a really hard time putting it down. It made me experience so many emotions. I laughed aThis book is extremely awesome and incredibly addictive. I had a really hard time putting it down. It made me experience so many emotions. I laughed and cried, and while I was laughing I felt a bit sad, and while crying, I was still happy.
From the first page, I was hooked. Oskar is a precocious, inventive child. (I wonder if the author created this boy or if Oskar is strongly based on someone he knows.)
There isn't a lot of character development outside the protagonist. Not all the book's questions are answered, but I have the feeling this is one of those books that the more times you read it, the more you discover. This book is a great journey for the reader. It's less of a story and more of an experience.
For readers who need all the questions answered and all the storylines wrapped up in a neat, little bow, this may not be for you. But if you are okay making some interpretations on your own, you should love this little boy and his vivid imagination, his idiosyncrasies, and his drive to continue searching for answers.
There were a couple of times I wasn't sure where the book was going. It wasn't until I kept reading that I figured it out, but I enjoyed the pace and the style. And as I pointed out earlier, I'm sure that reading this book more than once will show the reader new insights. I'm looking forward to reading it again....more
I found I could not put this book down, so for that reason, I wanted to give the book a solid four stars. But the questionsSome unanswered questions
I found I could not put this book down, so for that reason, I wanted to give the book a solid four stars. But the questions I wanted answered were left unanswered. Maybe that makes for a better story. I don't know. Life doesn't always work that way, so in that regard, the story is quite true-to-life.
The first two chapters moved a little slow for me, but once I knew enough about Kathryn to like her, I became consumed by the book. And of course, everyone wants to know what happened to Jennifer.
The writing is good. The story is believable. A few times I felt so little uncomfortable. Oerall, I'm glad I read the story. If I could give half stars, I'd give it 3 /2....more