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Girl with Glasses: My Optic History | [Marissa Walsh]

Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 02-24-14
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!

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    "Through a Lens Clearly"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna FARGO, ND, United States 02-21-14
    Jenna FARGO, ND, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny memoir but sounds like Siri is reading"
    What did you like best about Girl with Glasses? What did you like least?

    I thought the stories were genuine and relatable. Many stories brought back my own memories that I could chuckle at.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marissa Walsh? Why or why not?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caryn Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 04-09-14
    Caryn Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2009

    glasercb

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    "I could not finish!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better distinction between the chapters or sections. I didn't know where one ended and the next began


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I could get past the first 30 minutes


    What didn’t you like about Margie Lenhart’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Xshepherdess WI., USA 03-28-14
    Xshepherdess WI., USA 03-28-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "There's no story!"
    Would you try another book from Marissa Walsh and/or Margie Lenhart?

    Unlikely


    What was most disappointing about Marissa Walsh’s story?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine considering there wasn't much to work with.


    Was Girl with Glasses worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 03-27-14
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Cute story"
    Where does Girl with Glasses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a cute short story. not a dramatic book that I could listen to for days


    What other book might you compare Girl with Glasses to and why?

    it is not long


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    SHe was good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    GWG


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howdyholly Youngsville, NC, United States 03-25-14
    Howdyholly Youngsville, NC, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2011

    A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.

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    "It had some LOL moments!"

    This book is cute! I would never have picked it out myself, but Audible had it on a Valentines day free list, so I bit, and I am very pleased that I did. Overall it was a sweet and charming listen. Not bad for a free book. Plus, the author is the exact same age as me, so I felt a kinship as I listened. It did jump around in some strange spots, for instance, I have NO IDEA what ended up happening to her teacher. I figured one of three things happened, 1) I either didn't pay enough attention (it happens),2) my phone didn't download it properly so it missed a section, or 3) the author just expects that you understand what she is getting at without her actually saying it. I am not sure which is the case, but none the less, the book was sweet, quirky and charming. You could definitely do worse!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Hamilton, New Zealand 03-23-14
    Dianne Hamilton, New Zealand 03-23-14 Member Since 2012

    A busy Mum and Accountant. Listen to books while driving to work or sunbathing is my guilty pleasure.

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    "Hidden gem - very enjoyable - reread for sure"
    Would you listen to Girl with Glasses again? Why?

    I have already listen to this book again, because the author and I are of the same age. Her descriptions of the different decades found me thinking back to the 80s, 90s and 20s.


    What other book might you compare Girl with Glasses to and why?

    I wouldn't normally choose this type of book, and don't have anything to compare it too.
    I am please I did, thank you Audible to this freebie and I looking for more books by this author.


    What does Margie Lenhart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made you beleive that it was her story and not the authors.
    Yes, I would read another book of hers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To many moments to list.
    Just a really good story and moved at a good pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Itamar Shoham, Israel 03-21-14
    Itamar Shoham, Israel 03-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much galsses"

    while he story is nice its seems a little too pressed to bring you a regular growing up story of a cute girl from the glasses POV.
    It could have been just the same if glasses were not involved.
    At some point mentioning the glasses was too much for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna carson city, MI, United States 03-07-14
    Anna carson city, MI, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2009

    When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.

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    "worst audio in a long time, I just couldn't finish"
    What disappointed you about Girl with Glasses?

    it was just so boring, like it was written for third graders, but I doubt I would have found it interesting back then even.


    Has Girl with Glasses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    what genre? maybe that's why I didn't like it. I usually listen to historical fiction but I got this for free


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Margie Lenhart?

    Diane Sawyer can make ANYTHING sound amazing!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ummm...nope!


    Any additional comments?

    can i exchange it for another free book? Yesssss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-06-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Nothing special"

    Girl with Glasses is just ok. Not bad, just ok. Parts of it rang true in my life as both a GWG and when the story took place; it sounds like we are about the same age. Generally I was more intrigued by the era than the chronicles of her glasses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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