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Life From Scratch by Melissa  Ford
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Jan 17, 11

bookshelves: 2010, netgalley
Read in December, 2010

Life from Scratch is blog-meets-novel, and does a good job balancing the two styles into a cohesive whole. Blogs by their nature are usually intensely personal and succinct. A novel, however, invites the reader to invest more time with the characters, and hopefully allows said character to grow.

My only reserve after reading Life from Scratch is that the growth experienced by Rachel seems incomplete. Learning to cook is a good metaphor for learning to take care of yourself, examining your own needs and interests and trying to nourish yourself physically and psychically. But the book ends too soon for me, with Rachel having yet to take full advantage of what she's learned. Perhaps a sequel?

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