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Shopgirl by Steve Martin
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May 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-own, read-in-2011
Read from May 02 to 05, 2011

I will start off by saying that I expected for this little novella to be funnier. I mean, come on... it's Steve Martin we're talking about here. However, after being told that each of the characters is actually a bit more comical in the film adaption of the book, I can forgive Martin of this slight paperback disappointment and move on.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this one-hundred-something page little beauty. Martin surely can write prose better than I anticipated, and for less than $4, this novel left me satisfied. You've got Mirabelle, who I must admit is a very upsetting excuse for a leading female character, and you've got Ray Porter, the middle-aged millionaire who sweeps her off her feet and manages to slowly tear her heart into a billion tiny and unidentifiable pieces. The plot is predictable, certainly, and there were a few moments where the story became quite gloomy and miserable and all I wanted to do was shut the book and throw it across the room... but ultimately, I'm glad I finished it. Martin managed to weave a story of love and lost and finally renewal, and when packaged all together, the characters and the plot and the diction are all quite lovely. It's genuine.

Actually, I think this short read is either one that you'll love or you'll hate. I also get the feeling that some of the philosophies written throughout the pages are some of Steve Martin's own, but that's just me hoping that I've somehow gotten an in-depth look at one of my favorite comedian's psyches.
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Tatiana This novella was a revelation to me too. I didn't expect this kind of story and writing from Steve Martin.

Kristyn Conner Neither did I! It was quite the pleasant surprise :)

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