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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
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Jan 09, 2012

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Read in December, 2011

A fun and sometimes funny story about an American girl spending time in Paris in the 1950s. I had high hopes for this book, based on a great review I'd seen in the Guardian in summer 2011, but found it to be a letdown of sorts. (I would give this a 2.5 rating if half stars were available.)

The kooky American, Sally Jay, is pretty annoying most of the time, and is trying so hard to stand out that her antics – such as dying her hair and never wearing the right clothing for the occasion – grated rather than amused. But there are some truly funny scenes, and Dundy really captures the hazy, boozy feel of late-night parties and their unique swirl of camaraderie and hilarity that end in hangover and blurred memories.

I wouldn't necessarily say go out and get this book, but if it's sitting on your bookshelf and you want a light read, hey, why not.

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