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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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    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


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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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    horsecrazy New Mexico 08-05-14
    horsecrazy New Mexico 08-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Kit

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    "a story I can relate to"
    If you could sum up Girl with Glasses in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, interesting, different.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a wearer of glasses, I could very much relate. What an interesting and different way to sum up ones life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Little 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story - not delivered well"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Didn't like the delivery or flow of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


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

    Did not like her voice or delivery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Agata 07-17-14
    Agata 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Enjoyable"
    Would you try another book from Marissa Walsh and/or Margie Lenhart?

    Marissa Walsh: NoMargie: Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marissa Walsh again?

    Not for a very long time/ever


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Girl with Glasses?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Not an enjoyable read/listen. Would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Owings Mills, MD, United States 07-10-14
    Yvonne Owings Mills, MD, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2010

    Reading is my favorite past time.

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    "I'm a GWG"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PKsweets CA 06-26-14
    PKsweets CA 06-26-14 Member Since 2004

    A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!

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    "a girl wearing glasses-her story"

    Seriously? Her life as associated with her different pairs of glasses....smh
    You read her diary.....not very interesting....done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Levine Carmel, IN USA 06-17-14
    M. Levine Carmel, IN USA 06-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing to Write Home About"

    I kept waiting for something unique or interesting to happen, but it never did. And the narrator sounds like she's doing an infomercial....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Orit Kiryat-Ono, Israel 05-28-14
    Orit Kiryat-Ono, Israel 05-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Did not finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe teens


    What could Marissa Walsh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


    How could the performance have been better?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Girl with Glasses?


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe i did not read enough about the book before downloading it. maybe if i have read it, i would not buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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