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
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.
The narration was not strong. She didn't always have the right tone or reflection, which was awkward at times. She also did not know how to pronounce some words which was highly annoying.
Nobody. I suggest they read her other book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette which was funny and engaging. I loved Bernadette and her daughter B
All the characters were shallow and elf-serving (especially Sally)
The narrator needs to study French words, she mispronounced "tarte tatin" and Hermes
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 only caught it in chapter 14 I guess I'll never know if it's throughout the book but audible neglected to recite the lyrics to the Sun-Times song which they kept referencing in chapter 14 the Kindle book lists 12 lines of the song but audible omitted that kind of a bummer
Yes - engaging and light, social parody
I am writing this review because of the reader - please at least learn to pronounce the words you are reading. Totally distracting. This is supposed to be an educated upper class narrator and the mispronunciations were like nails on a black board.
I didn't think I'd Like it at first and contemplated quitting. I kept going and got into story but some of it was a little too graphic with the affair. the end came too soon!! I didn't realize that was the poem til halfway through the ending. I longed for more!!
A little more detailed and dark than I expected after Bernadette. Well written and performed. I definitely needed headphones for a few parts with slightly lewd language however I couldn't turn it off and I had to know how the lead would fair.
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.
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