This One Is Mine: A Novel

This One Is Mine: A Novel

by Maria Semple

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316551731
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/20/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 463,414
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Maria Semple is the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into seventeen languages, and Today Will Be Different. She lives in Seattle.

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OurBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
It’s a little hard for me to give an objective review on this probably. I read this because I loved the author’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and wanted to check out her earlier writing. This one wasn’t near the caliber of Bernadette but was interesting in its own way. At least in Bernadette, even though the characters were a mess, there were redeeming qualities in them. These main characters? They are messed up...like totally detached from reality. Violet – Out of all the characters I had the least amount of respect for her. It’s hard to feel sorry for her in any capacity and her choice in Teddy made my stomach ache. The way they author described Teddy...let’s just say “ewwww!” He’s physically dirty and smells for crying out loud! Where is the attraction in that? How am I supposed to believe that a woman like her (actually any woman) would be attracted to him? How? Unless I partition off part of my brain? David – He’s pretty much what I’d consider the normal for a guy who has power. Oblivious to his family life and everything revolves around him. No surprise there. But he gives his wife anything she wants and she has unlimited spending ability. Since she quit her job he’s ok with her staying home and being a mom but she has a full time nanny and doesn’t even really seem to want to be a mom. Sally – David’s sister whose only goal in life is to land a rich husband and she will stoop to despicable lows to do so. At times I found myself feeling sorry for her at least. She had some redeeming qualities in her even though you had to dig a little to find them. Teddy – Ugh...gross! Look I get that we all come from different places. My revulsion for him has nothing to do with him being a drug addict, alcoholic, or having little income. No one is perfect and we all have baggage. The physical description of his constant uncleanliness was revolting to me. Dude lives in an apartment, he can keep himself clean. I don’t get the attraction Violet feels for him. Every time he speaks it’s an embarrassment. He’s just freaking nasty to me. Toe picking is a cardinal no no! While the story line went in a direction I wish it hadn’t, I like the author’s writing style. I think Ms. Semple writes exactly whatever she wants without any concern or fear how her readers might take it and I respect that greatly. I’d likely read anything she writes because of that. She writes without fear. If you are offended by profanity and sex this probably isn’t the read for you. I only mention it because more and more lately I see people complaining about this in their reviews. I don’t want you coming back and commenting that it was vulgar and I didn’t warn you. This is definitely a book written for adults without delicate sensibilities...someone like...me! *giggles*
The_Book_Vixen More than 1 year ago
This One is Mine is about the never-ending journey to find complete happiness (even when it's staring you right in the bloody eye) and the disastrous choices made in the pursuit of that happiness. Violet is a 40-something bored housewife. (She gave up her career as a television writer to start a family.) She's got it all: a successful husband, David, who's a rock-n-roll manager, a beautiful daughter, financial security, a massive house with staff, and yet she's miserably unhappy. Then Violet meets Teddy Reyes, a bass player who's battling his own demons. She becomes immediately infatuated with him, even with all his faults. Teddy is epitome of the-one-to-stay-away-from. He screams DANGER in every possible way. Although Violet isn't oblivious to the warning signs, she just chooses to ignore them. I found myself screaming at Violet NO! Don't do that! What were you thinking?!! There were a lot of red flags that she just blatantly ignored. Teddy's past and vices don't deter Violet, instead it only makes her want to help him in every possible way. (And made me want to smack her.) But he sparks her sexuality in a new and different way and she doesn't want to lose that. She's looking to find herself and she tries doing so with Teddy as her vessel. Sally, Violet's sister-in-law and David's sister, has had a rough life. Having been a type-one diabetic since she was three, she's always had to look to David for financial support and she's determined to cut that string. Unfortunately for Sally, she has a massive debt thanks to a good-for-nothing ex-boyfriend. Now she's single, which to Sally is unacceptable and just won't do. She is on the prowl to find her future, successful husband and only the best will do. Enter Jeremy. He's basically what Sally is looking for, even with his weird quirks, and the two date and later get married. Sally makes a poor, selfish decision (for all the wrong reasons) and jeopardizes their marriage. Teddy's presence in Violet's life brings these characters all together. Everyone's paths seem to eventually cross and intertwine with Teddy's. Makes you wonder what if Violet and Teddy never met...? Reading This One is Mine wasn't at all what I had expected from reading the book blurb. This is not your typical novel about an extra marital affair. These are not your run of the mill characters. These characters are gritty, shallow and fun to read. Their lives are like a train wreck; you're afraid to look at the horrific mangled mess but your curiosity gets the best of you and you have to take a peek. I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next, and to see where these character's lives were going to go. I may not have agreed with Violet's choices but I certainly wanted to know where her two feet were going to land. Violet is one character that I won't soon forget. Semple has a great ability to take a simple, streamline plot and turn it into an unforgettable story.
michaelsean More than 1 year ago
I must admit this a departure from my normal literary genre. This One is Mine by Maria Semple is not at all the chick lit book I thought it would be. Ms.Semple has previously written for such prestigious television shows such as Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. Now, if I am being honest, that probably worked against her for me as I did not have a positive view of any of those shows. Nor has that changed. However, the quality of her written word in this novel is impeccable. I can forgive her sitcom indiscretions. This One is Mine is written from the perspective of Violet Parry. She is an intelligent former career woman who has married well and slipped into a life of boredom sprinkled with new age cliche-sauce (yoga & RIE parenting to name a few). She is married to the famous David Parry who is a music manager extraordinaire who proudly earned, "8 million dollars last year." Somewhere along the line Violet loses her way and begins to spiral out of her perfect marriage with the relectunt help of one Teddy Reyes, a bass player with no future and a whole lot of luggage. Ultimately it all comes together nicely at the end of the book. I was expecting some vapid Hollywood BS when I opened this book and was pleased to read such a well written novel. This book has a lot working against it when I opened it. I am pleased to say I am a convert. Bravo to Ms. Semple and her debut novel. I am eagerly anticipating her next one.
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Answering the question of what happens after "happily ever after" is This One is Mine by Maria Semple. The novel follows the lives of two women: Violet Parry, a "have" as in have a rich husband, beautiful toddler, elaborate mansion with a full household staff, and lots of free time; and Sally Parry, Violet's sister-in-law and a "have not" as in no money, husband, mansion/wait staff or copious leisure hours. Neither woman is happy with her lot in life. Violet is at loose ends, because although she loves her daughter, being a mom it isn't enough. Moreover, her husband David, the ultra powerful music industry executive, treats her like an incompetent servant. Meanwhile Sally will do anything to have Violet's life. She pines for a deep pocketed hubby who can pay off her crushing credit card debt and score invitations to Hollywood's A list parties. Both women resolve to change their lives in all the wrong ways. After a chance encounter, Violet embarks on an affair with a broke, hepatitis C infected, recovering addict, musician Teddy Reyes. Fate, on the other hand, has little to do with Sally's elaborate plans to snare in matrimony, Jeremy White, a man she barely knows and doesn't love, but who will soon be a rich and famous sportscaster. This One is Mine is a witty send up of LA life while simultaneously unfolding an intricate story of complex people making very poor choices. Neither woman is particularly likeable. Nor are the men any more appealing with the loser-jerk Teddy and the Scarface quoting type A David. Amazingly, however, by the story's conclusion I was rooting for the whole gang! In spite of or maybe because of the bad decisions, the characters gain a bit of insight by the end of the novel. Along the way Semple satirizes the lifestyles of Hollywood's rich and clueless. This One is Mine is a smartly written and hilarious debut novel! Publisher: Back Bay Books (March 24, 2010), 320 pages. Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
CleverlyInked More than 1 year ago
Violet Parry an UNFORGETTABLE character. Violets life is perfect to the outsiders. Her husband who forgets what a relationship should entail seems insensitive. It almost seems like he forgets she is human and has feelings. I almost feel maybe Violet wasn't quite right either. I kept saying to myself "I would so not do that". Yet it was so realistic. Things that happen in this plot happens everyday. Sally was something in a class all her own. If you don't fall in love with this tiger on the prowl I don't know what would make you happy. I am still in shock as to the twist and turns of this one. I still don't know how I got there but I did. Like a whirl wind of twists which makes for a perfect plot! The witty, clever and LOL writing style was Powerful to make you stay attached. I really enjoyed this ride! I will continue to look for more of Maria Semple books in the future! I had a blast, Does my hair look OK after that ride??
Beginwritingyogamore More than 1 year ago
This One is Mine by Maria Semple is, simply put, the most perfect novel I have ever read. The prose sparkles; the plot surges forward from page one. With its compelling depiction of class intersections and the compromises people make to achieve their own comfort, This One is Mine is part romance, part cautionary tale, and part tribute to the sunny, unique world of Los Angeles and its supporting canyons. The characters are so fully drawn and compelling that I was halfway through the book before I realized that the main character's husband shares a name with an extremely unpleasant colleague of mine. The husband is so completely a person, so wholly "David" that I didn't even make any real-life connections. The world of the book IS real life while you're reading. Violet, the main character, struggles to find her new identity after leaving her TV writing job for the less-defined challenges of being an at-home mother and supportive wife. David, her husband, balances the increasing strain of his music executive career against the fraying of his marriage. His sister, Sally, deals with not one, but two, life-threatening illnesses while searching for her Mr. Right and the social status she presumes he'll bring with him. The other characters interact with them in fascinating trajectories along their own lives. In a book that is completely readable and a gripping page turner, Semple deals with some surprisingly grim subjects: diabetes, infidelity, poverty, drug addiction, social climbing, Asperger's syndrome and abortion. Yet, despite their many flaws, or perhaps because of them, the characters are likeable, believable, and, most of all, forgivable. This is a book that must be experienced. Believe me, purchasing This One is Mine and immersing yourself into Semple's amazing story will be the best thing you've done this year.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
I picked up "This One is Mine" by Maria Semple because I like the Hollywood background (wanting to move there when I was younger), but wasn't prepared to read about rich but bored housewife Violet and Sally, whose only goal in life is too marry rich. The story goes back and forth with what each is doing; Violet thinking about having an affair and Sally conniving to hook and catch a newspaper columnist, soon to be television star. This was certainly a quirky novel and more than just chick lit.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
This One Is Mine
Maria Semple
Little, Brown and Company, 2008
ISBN: 9780316031165
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com
4 stars
Hillarious¿.
Maria Semple writes in a delightful style. The words just seem to flow. The characters make this book. They are well-developed, and each has a distinct personality.
The setting is LA. The cast of characters are shallow and self-centered. Sally is on the prowl for a rich husband. Violet is dissatisfied, so she has a fling. This One Is Mine is a hilarious read. I quickly turned the pages to see what would happen next. Fans of chick lit will enjoy This One Is Mine.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its true that the characters are so self centered that when you first start reading it makes you want to give up on this book. But please keep reading. Once you get to know the characters and understand the crazy LA world they live in, the things they do become believable and understandable. It is certainly an education about the city of Los Angeles, it's well written, funny and completely unpredictable. I stayed up all night to find out how it would end.
Cajunbooklady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's see what my thoughts on this one are...hmmm...I thought it was interesting. This is the second book I review where the storyline is based around the wife's infidelity, so of course this is another one I had strong feelings about.There were several things going on in this one which kept it interesting. It was a humorous novel about how really screwed up we all are. I don't feel like I can say too much without spoiling so many aspects of this book, so I'll keep it at this...It was a good read and I enjoyed it. I was very happy with the ending and would certainly read Maria's work again.
iwriteinbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Violet used to be something. She wrote for T.V. greats and made her snobbishly intellectual family proud. When she married mega music producer David Parry, she found herself slowly slipping away. She quit her job to raise their daughter who now spends all day with a nanny while Violet roams the canyons of Southern California. David, himself is too absorbed in the industry, to really get to the bottom of the troubles in his life, his wife¿s or his younger sister, Sally¿s.Sally, a middle-aged diabetic dancer, has inevitable troubles of her own. She¿s still looking for ¿that someone¿ and she doesn¿t mean romance. She wants a diamond, preferably attached to rising star and future ESPN personality Jeremy White. Scheming is what Sally does well and hijinks, as well as tragedy, ensue.While the reader doesn¿t have to be terribly well-versed in the Russian epic-dramas, if you¿ve read Anna Karenina, you¿re in for a fun surprise. Many of the scenes and events are linked to Tolstoy¿s tragedy, especially Violet¿s despondent, self-centered outlook on her life.The other item of note is the approach Semple took in creating her characters. If the book is not understood as a microcosm for various sects of L.A., it will be fairly unlikable. For anyone who has ever run screaming from the town, or even for a high number of those who have stayed, the dark, albeit hilarious, parody will ring true enough for laughs and tears. The characters are not ¿likeable¿ but I find myself time and time again wondering why that is criteria for enjoying a book.I don¿t read books to read about Miss Suzy Sunshine and her perfect life. I want people to echo the ideas we all have but never speak or act on. Pristine, self-less thoughts rarely make good reading material, at least not funny reading material. Dark, questioning, self-conscious ideas people never say aloud, do.The writing is crisp and snazzy, the images both true and absurd. Semple¿s talent translates well from t.v. screen to her first novel debut. This is a must read for the L.A. crowd, or maybe, rather for the recovering-from-L.A. crowd.
chaoticbooklover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me the book started off a little slow, and it took me a bit to really get into it. But once I got past all that, I couldn't put it down. I figured things out about Jeremy before Sally did, I laughed and fell in love with Teddy. Violet, oh I connected with her in so many ways. My heart stopped when Dot fell and I wanted to hurt Kurt right along with David.I fell hard for David, even though he can be an a** at times.I cried at the end of the book, but would read it again and again just to see the love blossom between them all and know that in the end, everyone was ok with were they are in life.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From My Blog...Well-written, descriptive with witty narrative This One Is Mine by Maria Semple has an interesting premise; two unhappy women looking for happiness, one longing for what the other has. Violet Grace Perry seemingly has a wonderful life and yet she is tragically unhappy, refers to mornings with her husband David as "revolting", wonders about the "indignities" forced on 50-year-old women who are single and work such jobs as selling real estate and believes motherhood, no matter how much a mother loves her child, is not only "boring" but "draining". Unfortunately, Violet neither grew on me nor became more likeable with time. Will her affair with Teddy Reyes, a bass player and recovering alcoholic be the answer she is looking for? Sally, the younger sister of Violet's husband David, recently turned 36 and believes she is absolutely stunning and further believes her best friend Maryam would flounder without her help and guidance as the "pretty one" in the friendship. Sally's goal is to hook up with a wealthy man, ideally the soon to be TV star named Jeremy White, and live a fairy tale life. Sally wants what Violet has, yet the grass is rarely greener on the other side. The parallel stories and exploits may be delightful for others to read, unfortunately I did not find them to be witty or interesting but rather superficial and I tired rather quickly of the descriptive sexual escapades. With that stated, Maria Semple's novel is well written and executed, her characters are developed and the story moves at a fast clip. Just because the genre was not for me is not at all indicative of the author's ability. Several times I saw references to similarities between This One Is Mine and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, which happens to be my all-time favourite novel and the comparison threw me, certainly the wealth, power, and unhappiness, yet there are a lot of novels like that and I do not place these two books in the same category. I am curious if anyone saw similarities between Tolstoy's classic novel and This One Is Mine, and if so, what? While this novel was not to my liking, I strongly suggest reading other reviews before making a decision on this book. I do believe This One Is Mine would not only make an excellent book discussion group pick but would also create quite lively discussions.
CMash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this one is MINE by Maria SemplePublished by Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and CompanyISBN: 978-0-316-03133-2At the request of the author's friend, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (from back of book): Violet Parry has a picture-perfect life: a beautiful house, a successful husband, a darling daughter. Violet can speak French, quote Sondheim, and whip up dinner from the vegetables in her garden. She has everything under control-except her own happiness. All it takes is a chance encounter with Teddy Reyes, a roguish small -time bass player with a highly evolved sexuality to open Violet's eyes to what she's missing and upend her life completely My Thoughts and Opinion: This week I asked advice for getting out of my reading slump because I felt that I just couldn't and didn't want to pick up this book and read. And then today, in my google reader, another book blogger/reviewer answered my question. Alayne from The Crowded Leaf, posted her review of this very book and made me realize why the slump. She could not finish it. I read 90 pages and did not like, nor could I relate to any of the characters. This is my opinion, and only my opinion but without giving away a spoiler to the plot, I had a hard time with the story line. I have read other books with a similar theme but this book was difficult to read in the way it was presented. Unfortunately, I had to set this one aside and place in the DNF pile. My Rating: 1
horomnizon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll admit it. As a Sondheim fanatic myself, I was attracted to this book simply because I read that the main character quotes Sondheim lyrics. This type of relationship themed book is not my usual fare - I'm more of a fantasy/mystery/historical fiction kind of chick. I did enjoy this book, though. Violet has everything she thought she wanted - a rich husband, the house he bought her to remodel, the daughter that took a long time to conceive....but she's really just going through life - not living. She meets Teddy, a bass player, by chance and suddenly she is enthralled by him - his drug and alcohol filled past and his eyes. Meanwhile, Violet's sister-in-law, Sally, is really determined to marry one guy in particular and will do anything to, essentially, force him to propose. And then there's David, Sally's brother, Violet's hubby who isn't particularly happy in the marriage and whom most everybody else, including Sally, thinks is an a-hole.Whew! Ok, so let's just say there are some major improprieties and life gets even more messed up for Violet and she has some major problems deciding what she really does want. In the end, well, we don't actually find out what happens....which kind of sucks, but didn't bother me as much as that kind of thing usually does. We are left with possibilities....some people may find them to be inevitabilities. I enjoyed reading about these characters, although I had several "What the heck is he/she doing?!" moments. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it did keep me reading. So, if you like books that are mostly about character and relationship, this is a pretty good one along those lines.
stonelaura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Feeling unloved/unlovable, committing adultery, realizing what you¿ve got is best are all covered in this combination women¿s issues, chick-lit debut novel. It¿s hard to tell if the author is trying to be funny but ends up being whiney, or is trying to be serious but strays into bizarre. Violet is feeling fat and useless as a mom and ex-TV writer. Husband David seems controlling and insensitive until his epiphany moment at a yoga retreat. Sally is desperate to marry as she approaches 40 and being stupid is really a hindrance. Teddy, Violet¿s object of adultery, is a bass-playing ex-alcoholic who drops racial slurs as easily as breezy compliments and suggestive sex talk. As an object of desire he seems totally unlikely. While the book has some charm and some momentum, it misses on too many points to be a real winner.
readingrebecca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marie Semple has created a spot on, delicious send up of all things Los Angeles in This One Is Mine. With a delightful cast of some of the shallowest people ever to grace the printed page, this is a story of New Age absurdity, conniving, greed, wealth, social climbing, adultery and so much more. These characters are so real, they could live next door. But thank goodness they don¿t! Once started, I could not put this book down. The writing is fluid and the characters fully developed. I enjoyed every last page of this dark comedy.
mrstreme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This One Is Mine is the debut novel by former TV screenwriter, Maria Semple. It¿s a chick lit book, full of humor, man troubles, fashion woes and self-exploration. More intriguing for me was the satirical look at the Beverly Hills life of the two main characters.Violet Parry was in a loveless marriage with a famous music producer. A former screenwriter, she gave up her career to take care of her home, and eventually, her daughter, Dot. Violet was frustrated with the drudgery of her life, and when she stumbled upon former drug addict, bass-playing, Hep C-infected Teddy Reyes, he brought her some excitement that she yearned for in her life.Meanwhile, Violet¿s sister-in-law, Sally, was a body-obsessed, status-obsessed young woman who pegged her affections on an up-and-coming sports broadcaster, Jeremy. Jeremy had the personality of a toenail, but he was on his way to fame and fortune ¿ and was intensely loyal to Sally.As I followed Violet and Sally¿s lives, Semple showed off her former screenwriting skills by creating a very descriptive story. You knew what the characters were thinking not only by their language but also by their gestures, facial expressions and body language. Semple¿s power of observation allowed her to show the story to her reader.I am not an enormous fan of chick lit, and this book certainly is not for people who are offended by foul language (especially anatomical references). However, this would be a great book for the poolside or cruise deck. If you loved Sex and the City, then give This One Is Mine a try.
miriamparker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A modern day Anna Karenina full of fabulous houses, people and celebrities. While it's a difficult task to create pity for people with fabulous lives, Maria Semple does a great job. Perfect airport reading for your holiday journeys.
ForeignCircus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This well-written novel was surprisingly engaging, especially given that I didn't much like the characters when I started reading. As the story unfolded however, the motivations behind their actions became more clear, and I found myself reacting to them with much more empathy. Parts of the book were tragic while others were tragically funny; only in a book about Hollywood could entire plotline not seem a bit contrived. Though I never fully understood Violet's attraction to Teddy, I could understand her frustration with her marriage and the life she found herself living. Sally initially appeared cold-hearted and calculating, but revelations about her health and the profound impact that had on her outlook on life gave her character unexpected depth. The revelation about her insurance, so life-altering to her and so unimportant to David, struck me as the most poignant moment in the book- I almost cried for Sally.Semple has the voice and flavor of Hollywood life down pat, and this first novel tells a wonderful yet cautionary tale about the teeming depths beneath the surface lives of these characters. A strong 4 stars, I hope this novel is not the last we see from Semple.
thelittlereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i flew through This One Is Mine in one sitting, which says something about the book in itself. given my predisposition to L.A., i was almost expecting to hate this book, and i actually did for about 20 pages, but i was quickly drawn in and surprised by my enjoyment. despite some really loathsome characters (which was probably intentional), the story line moved really well and was quite the page-turner.Violet and David seem like they have the perfect life, happily married with one daughter, Dot. they are filthy rich due to David¿s blossoming career as a big shot rock music manager and Violet is afforded the luxury of not having to work, and having a nanny. but, Violet is deeply unsatisfied with her life and finds herself reckless and out of control after meeting a charismatic, recovering addict of a bass player named Teddy. David¿s sister Sally has only one goal in life, which is to marry rich, with her sights set on the socially awkward up-and-coming sportscaster Jeremy. "Sally had to get a ring on her finger before Jeremy became famous and started earning the big bucks. That¿s how they never leave you. Because no matter what happens, they know you loved them for them and not for their money."in each of the characters, we are able to see exaggerated flaws and deeply rooted disappointments of their lives. David longs for the Violet that he fell in love with, while Violet desperately craves the passion and excitement that she finds in Teddy. Sally, after a string of abusive and meaningless relationships, yearns only for long-term love and has good intentions, despite her misguided ways. through their eventual growth as individuals, i found myself looking past the flaws and deeper into the potential that they each had, a true testament to the power of good writing.my favorite parts of the book were the many pop culture and art references, some more obscure than others. for example, one of the kids that Dot is in class with is named Django, as in Django Reinhart, the jazz guitarist that you¿ve probably never heard about. and my absolute favorite painting ever, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, is alluded to in a rather disconcerting way in a pretty raunchy sex scene. i was happy to recognize many of the references, but i¿m sure i missed some, too. in a style similar to High Fidelity, this book begs to be read by groupies and pop culture buffs and in that way, i found the reading to be a lot of fun.given the personalities, there was the expected whining and self indulgence that can border on excessive and annoying, but there were also a lot of really honest moments, particularly towards the end. the book touches on some more serious subjects like drug and alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and social disorders, which i think really worked. Semple brought together these characters and themes into a quick, exciting read that was very raw at times and was engaging and well put together.in the end, i have to say that i actually enjoyed This One Is Mine quite a bit. i think it would make a great read for an adult reading group and i would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, entertaining read.
Artichokes More than 1 year ago
A bit of a wild ride.. The characters are train wrecks and there is a looming sense of impending disaster but the writing is good. I like Maria Semple and I am a huge fan of Bernadette.. Entertaining
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