I was so bored with this. I hung in there for hour or so thinking it may get better but it didn't. I like Fannie Flagg but this book was a dissapointment. Wish I hadn't wasted a credit.
While no great work of literature, the story was entertaining enough to pass the time during my commute. This was a selection of my book club, and if it had not been, I would probably not have read it. It's a little too light and silly for my taste.
Possibly, if I was in the mood for something frivolous and light.
I was actually disappointed in the performance by Ms. Flagg. I expected a very polished and professional performance considering the fact that she is an actor. However, I found the delivery flat and the fact that she struggled to pronounce the name of one of her characters, Babs Bingington, was very off putting.
I've read three other books by Fannie Flag and loved them. HowIever, this book is one big "whine fest". I did not enjoy the book at all.
Characters were interesting but I did not enjoy the melancholy theme.
Loved Fannie's performance. Her narration is compelling and the only reason I finished.
Would cut Maggie's attitude - not necessarily her character. Rest of characters were absolutely fascinaing.
I was expecting more from this book. Almost stopped listening. It was hard to finally finish it. I really didnt like the main character.
I have read all of Fannie Flagg's books and enjoyed the characters and narration of this one, but the story falls short. However, if you like a happy ending like in the movies, you won't have a problem with this one. I'm just not someone who likes to invest themselves in a story/characters only to have it all magically work-out at the end. Just leaves me flat....
Sometimes I get on these kicks where I think that the deep South is so mysterious and seems so magical. While there are definitely magic in the South (Savannah, the food, the people) Fannie Flagg’s writing is not one of them. Here’s the questions you need to ask yourself before picking up this book:
*Who wants to hear a 60 year old woman reflect on how she didn’t win Miss America the year that she was Miss Alabama? Not me.
*Who wants to read ½ of a book that describes detail by detail (literally a 16 point presentation) about how this horrible woman is planning on killing herself since she’s aging (like the rest of the world) and feeling sorry for herself? Not me.
*Who wanted her to finish the deed on page 150 so that I wasn’t wasting my time? Me.
Anyone who has been affected by suicide in thier life would not take this subject so lightly and I can’t even fathom how a well-known author like this could even think about trying to make this light-hearted.
The only part that I liked about this book was the historical information about the city of Birmingham and the mystery around one of her real estate properties. I found that fascinating but couldn’t get past the whole “whoa is me” storyline.
Some of the other reviews had the following descriptions, to which I agree:
weak, whining main character
thin, disconnected plot
bubble-brained fluff and blather
the theme of suicide is so repulsive
not a good pick for me, too girly, maybe I should have read more chapters but I was not a happy person.
I just wrote Ms. Fannie Flagg a Thank You note! I must admit that before this book I was only peripherally aware of her written work, remembering her best from her many appearances on Match Game in the 1970s. Since I have been spending countless hours working on my home and garden north of Atlanta, I’ve been consuming Audible books voraciously. Watching one of many re-runs of the old Match Game shows on Buzzer made me think – “Why not check out all the books that Fannie has authored? She is delightful and funny on the show. I imagine she writes in much the same tone. I did enjoy the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes.” So I picked "I Still Dream About You", admittedly on the strength of the fact that it was relatively long – a good value for the Audible download price.
I found the writing engaging. Even though some of my thoughts in the early chapters were “Where the heck is this going?” I listened on because I trusted her, and she and her characters were just so darned likable – except for Babs, who I really loved to hate.
Now I can’t wait to download my next Fannie Flagg best seller!