Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly-up.
In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. At once a fragile girl and a hard-edged cynic, so tough to love yet so inimitably lovable, Dolores is as poignantly real as our own imperfections. She's Come Undone includes a promise: you will never forget Dolores Price.
©1998 Wally Lamb (P)1997 Simon & Schuster
high - i've read it in paperback and loved it and was thrilled to hear it again
she puts herself back together, finds contentment and happiness - humans can overcome terrible things
This has been one of my favorite books since I first read it when I was 14, over half my life ago. I relate to Delores more powerfully than I have any other book character - and as a lifelong avid reader, the impact she and this book have had on me can't be overstated. Either I didn't read the description closely enough or it isn't stated clearly enough, I'm not sure which, but the fact that this is an abridged version was highly disappointing. Everything that happens to Delores shapes who she is, and to take any of it away is to take away some of the depth, subtlety, and nuance of the character. I was saddened by the loss of some of this powerful story, and if you enjoy the audiobook, I HIGHLY recommend you read the original
The narrator did a fantastic job of capturing the character's tones and imaginable personality.
I cannot think of a book that compares to this well illustrated life of a young lady, turned women, who survives her family and herself.
Wonderful sense and use of tone.
I have read the book, so I couldn't wait to hear the audiobook. One sitting was all it took.
I've read several Wally Lamb books and found his gentle grasp of the feminine perspective to be better than average, but this one was sorely lacking all around. I'm an overweight adult female too and thought I would find a kindred spirit in Dolores, but instead I met a whiny, self-indulgent, unschooled and uninteresting victim who manages to turn every breeze and every whim of her existence into a personal attack. Worse still is Kathy Nijimy's narration. She is a talented actress but her nasal inflection and mushmouthed reading make the entire book a chore. Sometimes I wasn't even clear on what she said, but I wasn't interested enough to wind back and listen again.
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