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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg
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Aug 28, 2011

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I read this for a book club, and to tell the truth, I was not looking forward to it. Although I liked Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes, this one started out very poorly. The going was slow and I think a lot of the first part of the novel could have been eliminated. I kept thinking about how predictable it was; ambitions, beautiful girl becomes a high power TV personality, finds out that fame is not worth the price, ends up in small town American married to a nice man.

But read on, folks. There is a lot of substance in the last third of the book that makes getting through the beginning worthwhile. I wish Flagg would have spent more time on that part than the beginning which tended to be trivial in hindsight.

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message 1: by Maria (last edited Sep 04, 2011 12:10PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Maria I love this review; it says exactly what I thought. The last third mattered, and I remember looking up and saying to myself, "Good for you, Fannie." Maybe out loud. I'd have rated it the same too, or a 3 1/2 if that were possible.

Bobbi Sometimes we really need to get out of our reading comfort zone and that's why books clubs are great. We'd been through a couple of very heavy books and this one really lightened things up a bit. Oddly, I came across the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, on TV the other night, thought I had watched it but I hadn't. It's been a long time since I'd read the book, so it was fun.

message 3: by Maria (last edited Sep 05, 2011 09:55AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Maria I loved the movie Fried GT for what it was. FF may not be too great a writer but she had something impt to say and I found the book compelling enough to read to the end, getting questions answered along the way. I liked it, and liked "Baby Girl." Lovely surprise.

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