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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
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Sep 12, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, families_suck

Dear Bob, please deliver me from anymore sanctimonious books about the struggles of forging an independent identity and moving on from traumatic events. They were really good and really touching the first, ummmm, 20-30 times I read them, but at this point it just feels like I'm reading retreads of the same old tired story. I've seen this movie. They gave Angelina the Oscar for it even though Winona deserved it more. But that is neither here nor there. Is the book well-written? Yes, it most definitely is. Every review of it seems as if it's required to gush over the fact that Wally Lamb is a man and yet somehow manages to capture the view from a woman's perspective so accurately. Due to the exigencies of anatomy, I don't feel qualified to comment on that but I can say that the story is at least mildly interesting and definitely well-written.

I'm forced to wonder though, would I have liked this book more had the front jacket not featured Oprah's ever-present Seal of Approval? Did my disdain for her empire of influence color my opinion before I even read the first sentence? Would I have been more open-minded if the book hadn't constantly been preached to me as an "incredible piece of writing" that hit many of my friends "at a very deep and personal level"? Maybe, but I guess we'll never know. My reading of the book was tainted by pre-formed opinions based on the manner in which the book came into my awareness. I'd say that maybe I would put this back on the shelf and read it again 5 years from now when I have forgotten all of the hype, but life is short and my reading list is long and I don't feel the need to reread merely average books.
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Reading Progress

September 12, 2007 – Shelved
September 12, 2007 – Shelved as: fiction
Started Reading
September 24, 2007 – Finished Reading
March 30, 2009 – Shelved as: families_suck

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Chloe Hi Sarah, I know. I was using that to point out how tired and trite this same old story was.

Larry Buhl Yeah, for me, Oprah's seal of approval handicaps a book.

Suellen Who is Bob?

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