Thursday, April 15, 2010
This One Is Mine: Book Review & Giveaway
Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life--except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.
This One Is Mine also has a great reading guide, perfect for book club discussions. You can see it here. (PDF file in bottom right corner is the link)
About The Author:
Maria Semple has written for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She has escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family on an island off Seattle. This is her first novel.
This was a well written and intriguing book that takes you on the journey of just how much a person can be willing to give up to be happy. I did not relate to the characters at all, only because I am truly happy in my life. However, I did like the development of the characters and the plot lines that existed. It was an easy and very quick read, and overall a great debut novel.
I have to warn you that there are a number of adult situations and a fair amount of foul language, which I did not appreciate, however it did not necessarily take away from the book. Themes covered in this include marriage, honesty, adultery, happiness, parenting and friendship.
The book definitely achieved the goal of showing the shallowness that is Hollywood and L.A. and it was curious to see how "real" the author made this seem, especially because I know from experience there are people out in the world like these characters. I could totally see this book turned into a movie, and it would also be a super book to use for a reading group discussion/book club scenario.
I recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!
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