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August 23, 2011


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This does sound
Really interesting as long as it is happening to someone else...

mari (Bookworm with a View)

Your review is what I like about memoirs, if the story is compelling... I will stick with it.

I just read the 'sequel', A year and six seconds... didn't love this one.

bermudaonion (Kathy)

So, this is a memoir? It sounds good, but also kind of sad.


@Kathy - yes, a memoir. It is sad, but compelling in a trainwreck kind of way.

@Mari- should I skip the sequel?

Nancy Shohet West

I read this a while ago. What I liked about it was that it presented such a candid answer to the question "How could this happen to THEM? They seemed so perfect!" -- the question I seem to have about every couple I know who has split up. I was also charmed by the Oberlin setting -- a place I've briefly stopped in many times, but not a typical setting for a book! However, I couldn't stop thinking of the old shampoo ad: "Don't hate me because I'm beautful." I kept feeling like Gillies' subtext was "How could this happen to us....a couple so rich and successful and adorable and fascinating and attractive?" I love the prom queen quote you included -- exactly! Happens every day, indeed: and it can happen to anyone, even the beautiful and succssful, shocked as Gillies apparently was to realize that.

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