She's Come Undone
"Mine is a story of craving; an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered." So begins the story of Dolores Price, the unconventional heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. Dolores is a class-A emotional basket case, and why shouldn't she be? She's suffered almost every abuse and familial travesty that exists: Her father is a violent, philandering liar; her mother has the mental and emotional consistency of Jell-O; and the men in her life are probably the gender's most loathsome creatures. But Dolores is no quitter; she battles her woes with a sense of self-indulgence and gluttony rivaled only by Henry VIII. Hers is a dysfunctional Wonder Years, where growing up in the golden era was anything but ideal. While most kids her age were dealing with the monumental importance of the latest Beatles single and how college turned an older sibling into a long-haired hippie, Dolores was grappling with such issues as divorce, rape, and mental illness. Whether you're disgusted by her antics or moved by her pathetic ploys, you'll be drawn into Dolores's warped, hilarious, Mallomar-munching world.
Reviews of: She's Come Undone
This book was nothing short of phenomenal. The book makes you love Dolores, who has a bad childhood, even worse adolescence and struggles to overcome it. The book is written from her perspective and is so well written I felt like I knew the character. It was really, really good!
This is by far the best book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books. The first time I read it I could not put it down and stayed up all night. It is written from a girl's point of view and i was shocked to find out a man wrote it. I found myself feeling the way the girl in the story felt. She struggles with food addiction, divorced parents, the death of her mother and a disfunctional relationship. I have read this book over and over in the last 5 years and it is great every time!
I was going through my first divorce and looking for anything to keep myself busy. I went rummaging with my mom that morning, and I ran across this book. After reading the summary on the back and realizing that it related to me in many different ways, I just had to read it. This book has changed my life, for the best. People don't realize, that when they're going through something tragic.. they're not the only person in the world who has experienced it. This book helped me overcome the obstacles I was facing going through a divorce. It also opened my eyes to a new world. It helped me realize that no one should ever have to go through that, and I am a better person. I recommend this book to anyone who is going through a hard time with any sort of relationshiop, that is hurting your emotionally, physically, and mentally. This book is a great read, and like I said before, it's done wonders for my life.
It was an Oprah's Book Club pick, so already many have probably read Wally Lamb's 'She's Come Undone'. For those who haven't, though, the short version of the plot follows thusly: Girl has bad childhood. Girl's childhood gets still worst. Girl's childhood hits rock bottom. Girl goes to college. Girl's life further spirals downward. On and on, until its ultimate conclusion, which is uplifting or cloying, depending on your take.
Still, while that probably doesn't sound like the greatest recommendation for the book, it's actually surprisingly absorbing. The pervasive despair is ameliorated somewhat by Lamb's skill as a writer. He creates a credible portrait of a woman for whom everything has gone wrong, and who doesn't have the emotional strength to necessarily rise above her circumstances.
At the end of the day, even his writing might not be enough to save the book. I made it through to the end, but to be honest, at that point, I didn't really care any more what happened to the character- any book's reatest failure.
As the title says, I never actually thought I'd like an "Oprah's Book Club" book. A friend of my mom's was convinced I'd go gaga for it, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I was blown away. I've never read a book that showed me so many things about myself, and helped me understand myself so much better- from a work of fiction! This book moved me, and changed my life. Essentially the book is uncharacteristic of fictional writing. The "heroine" is an obese, emotional eating, complete travesty of a teenager. Her mother has no more substance than a piece of tissue, and her father is just... a jerk. The story is her travel from being the wreck that she is, into realizing how bad it's gotten, and recovering. I'd recommend this book to anyone, it has a different impact to the different type of people who read it.