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Ariel Levy has the material to go into the deep end of the pool, but she never leaves the shallow waters. Levy reminds me a lot of Andrea from All Grown Up. I think if you loved All Grown Up you would enjoy this but if you loathed it, then this isn‘t for you. It‘s the same kind of re-shaping of the narrative to make it fit your story. The ends always justify the means.

You can knock this out in a day - so that‘s a plus.

LeahBergen Did Bitsy polish off the rest of the crappy doughnuts? 😄 5y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen she ate the entire box 🤫 5y
Lindy Hmmm. My Feminist Book Club has chosen this title for next month. Sounds like there‘ll be much to discuss. 5y
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BarbaraBB Your comparison to All Grown Up did it for me: I am not going to read it! (edited) 5y
LauraBeth @lindy I think that the parts that she didn‘t distill would make for some lively discussions. I actually hovered between so-so and pick. If her writing had been stronger, I‘d have said pick, but it wasn‘t the spectacular prose I was expecting from a New Yorker writer. 5y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I actually liked All Grown Up but I also understand why people were so turned off by it. Levy lacks the empathy connection to others that I found Andrea lacked. 5y
BookMaven407 🐶💕 5y
DGRachel Yay for Bitsy! 5y
Ddzmini Yum 🍩 5y
Suet624 I felt the same way about this book. I was surprised by all the fuss. A so-so for me. (edited) 5y
Redwritinghood Once again, we are on the same page with this one. I liked All Grown Up, but I didn‘t like this as much. I totally agree that she tried to fit a square peg into a round hole to make this book work. And it didn‘t. 5y
minkyb I enjoyed All Grown Up very much but this one did not interest me enough to add to my TBR and now I will definitely pass. My TBR says thank you! 5y
LauraBeth @Suet624 and @Redwritinghood it made me contemplate how much of the popularity of dual narrative novels has ruined me in the sense that I really wanted to hear the other side of the story. What were Lucy‘s actual feelings about everything (as told by her and not from Ariel‘s perspective)? 5y
LauraBeth @minkyb you‘re not missing much 5y
LauraBeth @BookMaven407 and @DGRachel Bitsy says hi 👋 5y
LauraBeth @Ddzmini 🍩❤️🍩❤️ 5y
Suet624 @LauraBeth that‘s a great point. It might have made for a more compelling read, for sure. I know too many of these folks who believe it‘s all about them. 5y
DebinHawaii I came by for a very long overdue #bitsyfix 🐶❤️ And to say hi & thank you for your comments and care. 💜 5y
LauraBeth Love ya chica ❤️ @DebinHawaii Bitsy says 😘 5y
britt_brooke I didn‘t care for this one either. For me to truly enjoy a memoir I need to like the person, and I just really didn‘t like her that much. Isn‘t that terrible? And I didn‘t care for her writing, either. 5y
LauraBeth No @britt_brooke - that‘s definitely not terrible! She failed to connect with me as well. 5y
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