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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore
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Mar 22, 2011

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In many ways, this is your standard issue depressing young-girl-coming-of-age story:

Beautiful butterfly pinned to the corkboard of life--check!

The Awkward One--check!

Languorous, sticky summer days--check!

Teenage trauma--check!

A turning point whence the protagonists shall never return--check!

A narrator surveying her adolescent landscape many years removed and concluding that she shall never, ever experience such a poignant time of life again, as her marriage crumbles into dissolution (that last part I might be making up, but go with me here)--check!

Allison tearing up at the end in an inappropriate locale--G.D. it, check!

While all of this might have been obnoxiously formulaic in lesser hands, and while I am tired of reading books that make me pine for the bleach and really must stop, I mean, just STOP IT already,
this book has some truly beautiful moments, and some of the zingers in here, well, they really Zing.

That said, I'll take Thelma and Louise, or Romy and Michelle, over these sad sacks any day.

Also, I didn't get all the insistence toward the end regarding Sils' "niceness"--that really isn't what her characterization up to that point would lead us to believe.

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Leslie The Awkward One! Let's get ready to look sooooo GOOD!

Allison Floyd OUCH! MY MOST OF ME!!!

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