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This book was a ton of fun and quite an easy read. The message is don't mess with one's leisure time. Jane Cooper isn't big on actually working and is OCD with her time spent at the cafe just living. She works in corporate America and all the joys that come with it. there is heart-break, best-friends, revenge, and a little jail time. All in good fun!
I was anticipating the release of this book, then eventually forgot about it until I made a much needed trip to my local library. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Nicole, but I think that (from what I've seen on tv and read about her) Nicole seems to have a really neat personality and a great sense of humor and this book really showcases that. It seemed a bit confusing at first; partly because it was a novel but she was the narrator (as herself, Nicole Richie) with these celebutante friends (I was wondering if she would slip in who was supposed to be who but she did an excellent job of mixing the characters' traits, wrong doings and described appearances with her actual celebutante friends). She described one character who gets out of a car without any panties on, does a lot of drugs, grew up very VERY rich, and lost a cell phone from which all the numbers of her celebrity friends were revealed on the internet as well as risque photographs (ring a bell, anyone?). It was strange to me because it seemed like Nicole was describing the main character, Chloe, as a person who seemed to be very much like Nicole's old image (struggling with newly un-earned fame, drugs, and bad boys) all while in the public eye. It was hard to put down and a fun luxurious adventure.
The Bell Jar examines a young women's struggle to adjust to society's standards of glamor and success, while trying to conquer her own mental demons. Ester Greenwood's journey celebrates growth through pain and rebirth, and acknowledges the emptiness in traditional expectations. I especially found the evolution of Esther's view on life intriguing: first she experiences the fruits of life (marriage proposal, internship at magazine in NY), then instead of finding reasons to live she wants to die, and after her suicide attempt she simply decides to just survive.
This is a marvelous modern classic all young women should have under their belt. Plath published this roman a clef a month before her suicide in 1963.
Even she who is not a fan of the confessional memoir will enjoy reading Karr's tale of a dark and tragically eventful childhood. Its morbid subject matter is transformed into a form of art, thanks to the author's poetry-prose writing style. Themes of fabrication, truth, memory and confusion are intertwined within the turbulent family dynamic in which the young narrator is situated.
Hornbacher holds her eating disorder up to the light and illuminates the dark, dusty hiding places of its origin, rooted not only in her psyche but in her own family and culture. After one read you will have a new perspective on dieting, i know i did. *****5 STARS
This book is AWESOME. It has three different sections that explore different aspects of celebrity and fame. One looks at children (and their parents) who aspire to become actors/actresses. The next looks at scientific studies done on monkeys who will give up a squirt of Juicy Juice to look at a dominant monkey of their group. And the last follows people who are obsessed with Rod Stewart... showing the lengths that average people will go to get close to a celebrity they admire. The book is about the psychology of why we are obsessed with fame, the famous and being close to famous people. It's a really great book and really made me think about why I am so into celebrities. Very insightful. I couldn't put uit down... A must read!