Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.
This One is Mine is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more - and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.
©2008 Maria Semple (P)2013 Hachette
Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. My only complaint is her mispronunciation of hermès, which drove me absolutely insane.
I enjoyed the story
The main character is supposed to be worldly and fluent in different languages, but this reader has no clue! It was annoying to hear "tarte tatin" (tart ta-tan) pronounced as (tart TAY-tin)
I didn't like anything about this book so I baled. I enjoyed Maria's last book so much I jumped on this without looking at the subject matter. Narcissistic relationships and their ugliness are too close to home for me to enjoy this story. It was too painful for me to even get very far in the book. I shouldn't have assumed it was another comedy.
You may like it if you know what you are getting into.
Violet and David's relationship
David the husband. He had intelligence and depth and some unique skills which, along with some synchronicity, allowed him to be in a position of privilege. During the novel, he went through some surprising twists and turns.
There were many. I enjoyed the way Violet and David's daughter Dot interacted in some surprisingly funny ways. i enjoyed the scenes before Sally's wedding because so many participants had secret/other agendas during the event. I enjoyed the scenes where David attended the yoga retreat.
Sally, David's sister, was memorable for her self-centered and clueless interactions early on, and Teddy because he was full of surprises.
I am surprised I liked this so much. It was engaging, kept my attention, and I liked
the locale (California, the socioeconomic differences (rich and privileged to desperately poor), and the self-absorption (but capable of change) of the characters. The ending was surprising to me, but I'm glad it was.
I don't think so. It was painful to listen to.
No plans to.
I can't think of any. I really tried to like it, I tried to stick with it thinking it would get better but it just got worse.
I downloaded the book expecting a funny, lighthearted story. What I got was unlikeable characters (really, really unlikeable, like I hated each one more than the last!) ridiculous interactions and a story that I did not care about at all. I kept hoping it would get better. Some stories start slow and get better. I am not one to stop reading a book once I start but I didn't want to lose any more minutes of my life to such an unpleasant read. Not fun, not interesting, not particularly well written. The narrator wasn't horrible but was not interesting to listen to, no inflection, all the characters sounded the same to me. This was a big disappointment to me and the first time I'll ask for my credit back.
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