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Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann
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Dec 11, 11

Read in September, 2011

Really a 2.5, but I'm not feeling charitable enough to round up. I think that the NPR review, which compared this book to Twilight and the main character to Bella, got it right. It set itself up in the beginning as an intellectual/philosophical exploration into the mind of "an american girl" and I kept waiting for the payoff. Other than the extreme narcissism of the main character, there was nothing remotely anthropological, intellectually stimulating or even interesting here.

If I were to make a movie based on this book, the movie would consist of the protagonist blankly staring at herself in the mirror for four hours while she narrated her story in a voice-over. The mirror would stand in as an obvious metaphor for her passivity in the events of her life and remind the reader that an active internal soliloquy is not a proxy for living. But, my take away and my "interpretation" of the book is probably not the one intended by the author.
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