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This One Is Mine: A Novel | [Maria Semple]

This One Is Mine: A Novel

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.
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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

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    "So bad"
    Would you try another book from Maria Semple and/or Claire Christie?

    I don't think so. It was painful to listen to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maria Semple again?

    No plans to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Claire Christie?

    Um, anyone.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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