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Girl with Glasses Audiobook

Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

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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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    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!

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    Dianne Oregon, Untied States 03-23-14
    Dianne Oregon, Untied States 03-23-14 Member Since 2016

    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.


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    Itamar 03-21-14
    Itamar 03-21-14
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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.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-06-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    Christy Mount Vernon, OR, United States 03-03-14
    Christy Mount Vernon, OR, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "WARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR KIDS."
    What would have made Girl with Glasses better?

    If it had a warning label or rating system. I am adult but I am very careful about the books I read, I personally, don't like stories that contain cursing or sexual content. I wasn't expecting it, and had to stop the book it got so bad. I generally stick with G and PG things and this was PG14 or Perhaps R. Not my cup of tea


    What was most disappointing about Marissa Walsh’s story?

    It started out so good! Then... downhill.


    What three words best describe Margie Lenhart’s voice?

    Good Narration, Friendly girl -next store.


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

    The Narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be great if Audible had a rating system like they do for movies G,PG, PG -13. MA ect...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Happydaze 02-24-14
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    "Good enough for a 3-hour drive"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I received this book as a freebie from Audible in a Valentine's promotional. I listened to it on a 3-hour drive one afternoon, so it worked well for that. I found the story to be interesting enough to help the time pass but not interesting enough that I would have wanted to pay for it.


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

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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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.

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    Anna 03-07-14
    Anna 03-07-14 Member Since 2016

    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 1 people found this review helpful

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