In her humorous memoir, Marissa Walsh uses the history of her eyesight and eye apparel as a lens (no pun intended) into her life. Listeners of a certain age will relate to her adolescence spent watching Nickelodeon, reading Judy Blume, and listening to Prince. Even as a GWG ("girl with glasses"), Walsh has a sharp eye for detail and a 20/20 memory that can still dredge up comic scenes from her past.
Margie Lenhart's winsome performance adds another layer of charm to Walsh's prose. Though the trials and tribulations of having poor vision might not compare to growing up in a war zone or an orphanage, this book's universal and timeless themes of teenage identity formation transcend its superficial focus.
Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate. As she recounts her optic history through the lenses of each pair of glasses - from the Sergio Valentes and the Sally Jessy Raphaels to the pseudo John Lennons and the dreaded health plan specs - at last she found them...the perfect pair. Marissa's comic look at a life behind glass is at once a poignant personal journey and a wry, canny exploration of just what it means to be a glasses-wearing kind of girl. Peppered with pop culture references and complete with appendixes of resources, classic GWG moments, and helpful tips on finding the right frames for your face, Girl with Glasses will give you reason to commiserate with your shortsighted sisters and celebrate your less-than-perfect vision.
©2006 Marissa Walsh (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
better distinction between the chapters or sections. I didn't know where one ended and the next began
I could get past the first 30 minutes
She was reading to fast. I couldn't tell where a paragraph ended and the next one began! Everything was strung together like a giant stream of conciousness.
I am a single, sixty year old woman who recently sold her home in the country, where I blissfully raised sheep and chickens. I am very intelligent, sensitive and emotional and I prefer books with these same qualities.
There IS no story. It's just a series of snippets about some unimportant, disconnected events that took place during the time the author wore different pairs of glasses. There was nothing to tie the 'stories' together. No plot, no sense of importance. Just meaningless glimpses into the author's past.
The narration was fine considering there wasn't much to work with.
I wouldn't necessarily say it was a "waste of time" since I listen while walking my dogs. But it is certainly nothing memorable or worth recommending to anyone else.
Don't waste your time.
I thought the stories were genuine and relatable. Many stories brought back my own memories that I could chuckle at.
This wasn't my favorite book, but it was a quick and funny listen. I may try another book from the author, however this isn't my typical go-to-genre.
Anyone else could have read this and it would have been better. The reader lacked emotion in key spots, sounded like Siri, and was calculated while reading. I've listened to several other books that were well read and kept me engaged. This book, while funny, had me wishing it would end quickly, just so I could be done hearing the reader.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I'm not really sure what Marissa Walsh's "Girl With Glasses: My Optic History" (2006) was. An autobiography? Not really, I don't know where Walsh went to college except that it was probably one of the Seven Sisters, Is Walsh trying to do for glasses what Lisa Birnbach did for dock siders sans socks and polo shirts in "The Official Preppy Handbook" (1980)? Probably not - it wasn't advice l about which glasses work well with plaid skirts and blue blazers.
I've decided that no matter how Audible or Barnes & Noble categorizes GWG (Walsh's nickname for the type), it's a mildly amusing memoir framed by half a dozen pairs of glasses, interspersed with occasional forays into contact lenses. Walsh, in contacts, is literally a different person. She's aimlessly striving, uncomfortable in her own skin, annoyingly uncertain about clothes, and doesn't fit in no matter where she is. Wearing glasses, Walsh is a clever observer; wry and charmingly self deprecating; becomes a New York hipster; and doesn't care about blending . Walsh writing about being in contacts is forgettable; in glasses, she's got super powers.
I'm not sure what the text version looked like, but I suspect it has lots of lists, bolding, bullet points and italics. If that's the case, the narration worked fine. GWG was an okay enough way to pass a three hour traffic jam on the 405 South.
Marissa Walsh: NoMargie: Maybe
Not for a very long time/ever
I feel like the narration could have been better but I feel like she did the best that she could with what she had to work with.
All of them.
Not an enjoyable read/listen. Would not recommend.
Reading is my favorite past time.
I can identify with some of the book descriptions on how getting new glasses makes you feel. However, the book didn't leave a lasting impression. It was just ok.
Always a reader, now a listener as well!
Seriously? Her life as associated with her different pairs of glasses....smh
You read her diary.....not very interesting....done!
I kept waiting for something unique or interesting to happen, but it never did. And the narrator sounds like she's doing an infomercial....
Maybe i did not read enough about the book before downloading it. maybe if i have read it, i would not buy it
As I listened to this memoir, I kept waiting for the vignettes to tie together into a coherent whole, a purpose, a direction, a pivotal and climactic moment…yet they remained disconnected. As a girl with glasses, I assumed that other girls with glasses were seekers after philosophical meaning in life too…but writer had a rather different experience of life as a girl with glasses.
Not particularly. I prefer a memoir, though, that has a sense that life has a telos--that there is a growing meaning and sense of purpose. I was let down by the straight stream-of-consciousness style of this particular memoir.
Playful, light-hearted, modern
Disappointment. I was hoping to hear a more thoughtful experience of life.
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