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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
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Oct 26, 11

it was ok
Read in October, 2011

This book taught me more about the different names for all of the different available drugs than I ever really needed to know. The bigger problem in the novel was a lack of likable characters. Rosie is a lying, manipulative brat who still calls her mother "Mommy" and snuggles with her at night, even though she is almost 18- while her alter ego outside of the house is having unprotected sex, mixing toxic combinations of drugs and alcohol, and longingly trying to seduce her married, high school teacher. James is the voice of reason at most points in the story but is so caustic and condescending that it is hard to like him, even when you know he is right. And good old mommy dearest should never even be allowed to raise a child. She is a former alcoholic, battling anxiety and her own addictive personality but she allows herself to be completely blind to the obvious signs that her daughter had inherited the same compulsive behaviors. Her daughter simply needs to cry or talk in a baby voice and Elizabeth’s heart melts, completely giving in to her demands.
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Doreann Vogel I agree completely with you description of the characters, however I felt that it was an accurate depiction of a family in denial of the addiction occurring. Each member of the family fit nicely into the typical "roles" of a family experiencing addiction. The struggle to face what was truly happening was Eluzabeth's greatest challenge. I think the author did an exceptional job illustrating the parent/teen relationship.

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