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Breakfast with Tiffany by Edwin John Wintle
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Jan 24, 09

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bookshelves: biographies_memoirs, glbt
Read in January, 2009

Throughout this book I rooted for Tiffany and her uncle to make things work, to save Tiffany from falling in with juvenile delinquents, to give her hope for her future, and at the same time I was a little disappointed in the memoirist. He's more self-centered than I could sympathize with, even after learning what he'd been through in his own life from adolescence onwards. At times he was just as much a teenager as his niece, and that was his downfall in his conflicts with her. I suspect he at least had some internal acknowledgment of his failure to be the mature adult in their relationship, but sometimes I wanted him to admit it to his readers, too. Still, this book inclues a refreshingly honest take on American urban teenage life, as well as dysfunctional family issues like alcoholism, domestic violence, and general irresponsibility and selfishness.

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