Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review- She's Come Undone

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I saw this book on another blog a few months ago.
When I saw it in the used book store on base, I decided to give it a shot.
It isnt the type of book that I normally read. 
I usually stick to happier books, mysteries or, lately, current young adult favorites. 
I am always open to reading new things though, 
so I bought it and jumped right in.

First of all, let me tell you that this is not a happy book. 
Im not sure anything good really ever happens, in fact, except perhaps 
that the book ends. 
It follows the struggles of a young girl, growing up in the 50s and 60s. 
Her parents get divorced, which throws her whole world upside down.
Her mother has a breakdown, she moves in with her grandmother and becomes
increasingly weird and unstable herself. 
She goes to college, has a lesbian encounter, develops an unhealthy obsession for a
boy in a picture, leaves college, has a mental breakdown, goes to a mental hospital for seven years, 
gets out and marries said boy, has an abortion, 
suffers through a terrible marriage, gets a divorce,
moves back to grandmother's house after her death, 
goes back to collage, meets a new man 
gets married again.

Im sure there are lots of life's lessons and morals to be learned and taken from this book.
It wasnt the kind of writing style that Im drawn too, nor was it the type of book
that I normally enjoy.
I just didnt like it.
 I found it boring and depressing.
I slogged through it and finally finished weeks after starting it. 
J kept asking me why I continued to read it, even though I wasnt liking it.
My only answer is that I like to finish what I start and despite not liking the book, 
I wanted to see how it ended. 

The reason there are hundreds, thousands of different types of books out there is because
we're all different. We have different tastes, different preferences, likes, dislikes, etc.
We can appreciate different things. 
This just wasnt a book I appreciated. 


Rating Scale:
*****: Amazing, wonderful, MUST-read, loved it!
****: Really liked it, would recommend, good book!
***: Liked it, enjoyable, but not the greatest book ever written. 
**: Not so great, some good parts, but overall, it was just ok.
 *: Didnt like it, wouldnt recommend it, bad book all around.


Becca said...

How funny! Isn't it marvelous how we all have such different tastes? Wally Lamb is one of my top 10 favorite fiction writers. My favorite was I Know This Much Is True. After reading that, I read She's Come Undone. I didn't like it as much as IKTMIT, and like you, I did not connect with the protagonist on any level. I felt she was negative just for the sake of being negative...kind of like how I felt after reading Catcher in the Rye (hated it). But I love Wally Lamb's writing style and would read absolutely anything he penned...die hard fan :)

Love your book review posts...hope you are feeling well& Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Mowenackie said...

Oh my goodness. I HATED this book! I've "not liked" books before...but rarely do I "hate" them. I hated this one. I read it many years ago and I absolutely loathed it. You hit it right on the head when you said not one single good thing happens to the protagonist. I can't stand the "victim" genre anyway, but this one was particularly horrible. I would've given it negative five stars.

Maranda said...

I'm not sure I have ever heard a good review of this book. However, his "I Know This Much is True" was absolutely amazing!

PS. I always try to finish books I start as well.

Alyssa said...

I felt the same way!