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The Last Time I Was Me by Cathy Lamb
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Jun 18, 2011

did not like it
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Read from June 02 to 12, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I found the plot to just be unbelievable, which may sound odd considering that a couple of weeks ago I raved about a book that involved magic food! Ha! But, I just kept thinking that things just fell into place too easily for Jeanne...finding a home, buying a house, burying a body, and that laughably implausible court trial. It killed me to keep reading as all of the jurors just perfectly aligned themselves with Jeanne's cause. Blech.

Jeanne's confrontation with Dan the Migrant Devil in the grocery
store, and Drake Windham at the first anger management group meeting
were just plain odd. Really? Who acts like that? Jeanne's behavior,
despite being mid "nervous breakdown", was very incongruent (there's a
grad school word for ya!) with the overall tone of the book and the
rest of her behavior.

If she described her outfits and shoes to me one more time I was going
to stab her eye out with a stiletto.

Finally, don't even get me started on the murder and burial of Dan the
Migrant Devil. Was he foul? Of course. But, seriously, if I had helped
bury a murdered man, I think I would have felt compelled to confess
that to my husband before our wedding day.

There were parts that were sweet. I felt that the parts dealing with
Johnny and Ally had more honesty to them than the rest of the book and
that alone could have carried a beautiful novel. I also really liked
Becky's character, as again, I felt she was portrayed with at least a
sliver of realism.
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