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The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
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Aug 04, 2007

did not like it
Recommended for: not really anyone...
Read in August, 2007

The pointless ending made me realize how pointless Sophie's life is. I felt disappointed for her. She seems unable to love, or unable to commit. Is it that hard to fall in love with one of her many boyfriends? No one is perfect, but that doesn't mean no one is worth your love. I think Sophie is typical of many people in our culture, which makes me sad. The writing is not bad (despite its many similarities to The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing); if you're a mediocre, middle class person, you might like it.

Look at Melissa Bank sneering on the dust jacket--this should have been a sign to me--it doesn't hurt to smile.

Another note about the dust jacket: it begins, "Nothing comes easily to Sophie Applebaum." I have a problem with this statement. People whose families have houses on the Jersey shore, whose fathers are judges, who grow up in the upper-middle-class suburbs have plenty of things that come easy to them. She doesn't discover that sometimes you have to work hard in life until she finishes college. Here is one of her few actual epiphanies in the book: "I would have to work harder."
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message 1: by Shay (new) - rated it 1 star

Shay Caroline No kidding! I am only half way through the book, but she is starting to set my teeth on edge with how passive and entitled she seems to be. 'm only sticking with it because I've read as far as I have. The first chapter was okay, but since then, she's been hard to take.

Deana I couldn't have said this better myself. When I was finished, I, too, had a problem with the whole "Nothing comes easy for Sophie Applebaum"...it didn't come easy because she didn't put forth any effort.

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