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All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane
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Mar 18, 2011

it was ok
Read from March 18 to 23, 2011

She's a good writer and it's funny if you haven't read her other stuff. Otherwise, you have to wonder if she ever tires of writing about herself. She has a "voice" but why must it always be the same character? Neurotic, attractive, artsy girl crippled by self-doubt and bad decision-making wends her way through a series of bad boyfriends to ultimately find some sort of confidence in herself. Not only do her protagonists have the same biographical details but the same personality, the same rambling manner of speech that doesn't stop for a period and takes full use of parentheses though oddly not semicolons; at least she writes what she knows. Ultimately I think she's just not a good enough writer to make up for it. It's still relateable, somewhat like reading someone's journal, and it's charming, good for when you want something easy.
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