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Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg
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Sep 17, 2007

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bookshelves: borrowed-from-public-library

I like Elizabeth Berg's books, and I didn't plan on reading it because I heard the ending sucked. My grandma liked it and told me I should give a try anyway. She grew up in the era Berg writes about in this book, and told me her mom and stepdad were so happy that she was old enough to qualify for coffee stamps because they couldn't get enough of it. It's hard to imagine having to ration anything, let alone coffee.

After reading it: The ending pissed me off way too much to enjoy it the way I would like. Despite the rest of the book, which gave a glimpse into the life of women who wait for men off at war during WW two, the end was abrupt and so STUPID.


Who really thinks it's for the best to shove the love of her life onto her sister so her sister can "be herself again" ? Basically freaking Kitty spends the rest of her life missing Hank and not having kids, and he apparently still loves her too, though he does eventually marry her stupid sister instead of sticking with her, though we don't know why....and freaking Louise just assumes everything is fine and that Kitty and Hank weren't that serious...I don't care how serious a relationship is, if my sister was dating someone, I wouldn't freaking marry him because that is wrong.
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September 17, 2007 – Shelved
May 7, 2008 – Shelved as: borrowed-from-public-library

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Neligh I know!! It seems like if there was EVER a book to send to Hollywood with a note "actually, feel free to change the ending however you like," it'd be this one. Cripes.

Laura I still sometimes think about this book and feel mad about the ending, like a year after reading it.

Mary The ending for me was the right ending-----life is not a fairy tale nor should all stories should have a fairy tale ending.

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