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Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
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Apr 30, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-memoir, printed, life-expanding
Read from April 17 to 29, 2010

This memoir of Jen Knox's teens and early twenties appears not professionally edited. My complaints about typographical errors and narrative inconsistencies were counterbalanced, however, by the fact that I literally couldn’t put the damn book down! I excused myself from the world while I blew through the entire thing in a little over a day, immersing myself in her story every moment I could. Really, no joke, no exaggeration: I read until I got tired; then I napped, woke up, and continued where I left off; lather, rinse, repeat

Before I started the book, I half expected a melodramatic pity party for a life beset by personal tragedy and self-destruction. On the contrary, Jen drew me into her story, the story of a girl I could hardly believe existed. I sympathized and connected with her, through her experiences and choices, felt for her in her quest, desired to reach out to her and provide what I saw she was missing in her life. And I smiled when she finally began to find it.

This is the reason I read independent memoirs, to meet people I might never otherwise know, through them to live experiences I could never otherwise fathom, and to win victories I would never otherwise have even pursued. And Musical Chairs generously filled that need.
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Reading Progress

04/27/2010 page 11
6.25% "Just started. The prologue was okay. Looking forward to chapter 1."
04/27/2010 page 59
33.52% "You read it, and you think things can't get any more screwed up than this. But then you turn the page, and—hello!—yes they can!"
04/28/2010 page 93
52.84% "I can't stop reading! ..."
04/28/2010 page 98
55.68% "Fascinating how she goes over her grocery list right in the middle of giving a lap dance. Hey, I guess a job's a job (if for the money)." 2 comments
04/28/2010 page 100
56.82% "Some spelling errors, punctuation errors, and hard-to-understand sentences. Line-editing issues."
04/28/2010 page 152
86.36% "One of the funny typos: "As I cleared dust from a self in the psychology section...""
04/28/2010 page 161
91.48% "I'd like to hear the last part of this story from Chris's perspective. Wonder how he would augment it."

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