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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

Oh this book. In my Adolescent Literature Class last semester, everyone was recommending this book. "It's amazing, brilliant, spectacular, etc." Well...I almost put it down in the first twenty pages. Then again ten pages later, and again, and again. However, I have never not finished a book just because I didn't like it. (It is that whole anti-failure complex I have). In the end, I am glad I finished it. I really liked the ending and the last two hundred pages were brilliant. I flew through them. However, the first two hundred pages were a bear to get through.

Onto the book. She's Come Undone is the story of Dolores Price, a girl who always seems to be losing someone. Dolores is one of the reasons I had such a problem with the book in the beginning. I simply did not like any of the characters, including Dolores. They were constantly making stupid, awful decisions, and I could find no redeeming qualities that I would admire. I have a very low tolerance for stupidity.

That being said, the book picked up considerably halfway through. While I had to slog through the first half, the second half was over before I knew it. Once Dolores takes charge of her own life and destiny, even though it is the wrong decision she makes, I became interested again. I am now working on Lamb's second novel, I Know This Much is True. I don't know if I will get through this one. It's not that this one is boring, but I already am having problems with the characters.


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