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Great book for confidence building.

  • Jul 14, 2010

I am emotionally attached to this book. It sends the reader through a range of emotions. The main character is a small girl when the book begins and the reader learns to understand her world and begins to relate with her problems. It is easy for a female reader to understand and sympathize with the main character as she goes through a life very similar to many young girls even in this day and age.  As Doloris ages and faces a life of obesity, the reader begins to feel her depression. The reader is forced to look at obesity in a different light. This book made it much easier for me to see the person inside an obese person and feel their pain of life in a large body. As Doloris is drawn out of her depression the reader is overjoyed to find she is comfortable in herself and her situation.

I would recommend this reading to any older teeenage girl or older. I wanted to have my 14 year old read it as I beleive it is a book of confidence and adaptation. There was the small area at the end of the book that dealt with a lesbian relationship that I was uncertain a younger teen would be emotionally ready for so I did not allow her to read it at this time.

The characters are easily developed as they are everyday people. He makes the reader meet the characters as easily as meeting neighbors or family members. Each character is introduced with their own flaws and problems. No one is perfect. The reader will be able to find a piece of themselves in every character of this book. 

 The meatphors are used best by the main character. At the beginning of the book she is a child and refers to events in a child's tone of writing. It is very interesting to read the metaphors used to describe food and the pleasure derived from food by the author. He really makes the reader understand the emotional ties we have with comfort food and the problems associated with our relationship with food.
The message or purpose of this writing is to create a feeling of confidence. Doloris  needed confidence as a young child and did not find it. She finally found it as an adult. I think the purpose of the author was to make people think differently of obesity. It is a book that really hots home to many people as the rate of obesity and most specifically childhood obesity is on the rise. 

The reading level is below most other books I typically read. It reads easily and fluently. It is easy to remember characters and situations as the author is able to make you believe you are seeing and hearing exactly what the characters are. His style of writing flows like real life.  This book is not overly detailed like some classic novels but the events are fully developed and leave nothing out detail wise without getting the reader bogged in details.

 The most interesting aspect of reading this book is the fact the author, Wally Lamb is a man. The main character is so well developed in the book it would be easy to beleive a female author was writing of her own experiences. However, to have such an intimate look into a female character written by a man is extraordinary.

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July 14, 2010
Great review, Michele, this really sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for sharing!
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review by . June 15, 2010
An intrusive narrative surrounding the life of a young girl that feels alone because of her past and what has become of her life. It feels as though you are experiencing her life step by step, along with her. Excellent character development and a realistic psychological progression. The intensity of the author's ideas are vividly expressed.     
review by . July 12, 2010
I have read this book several times, and I am amazed each time I read it. Wally Lamb captures the life of a woman from childhood to adulthood in such an insightful and heartbreaking way. In some way shape or form the reader is able to connect to his main character, Dorothy. She lives a hard life, and is faced with problems I think we all encounter at some time or other, whether it be bullying, seperation of our parents, or self esteem issues. You feel connected to Dorothy and as you follow her …
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Interesting POV but seriously a downer.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
really good book!
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
Didn't like this one
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Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I couldn't put this book down. Wally Lamb is a brilliant writer.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
This was my first introduction to modern literature, and it changed my life.
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Interested in many topics including gardening, reading, writing, photography and history. I am a wife and mother.
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