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Waking Beauty by Elyse Friedman
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Oct 07, 2008

it was ok

I bought this book because I needed something to read for a flight.

On the one hand, it's fluff.

On the other hand, I went back to it a couple of times because there was an aspect of wish fulfillment. I'm no triple-bagger, but there are times in every person's life (especially for women) where they wished they were either something they were not or something better than what they were. I read this book when I was wishing I was just five pounds lighter, just a little taller, etc.

However, I was and still am profoundly feminist and my response to the book and my own visceral wishful thinking was ambivalent. I found myself thinking about how Allison settled with the nice but homely guy - and how that is such a fucking cliche. Settle down with the Beast, ladies, because he'll treat you better. Honest.


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