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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    almost titilating!!!

    Highly reccommended by Roman Polanski and other like minded gent sonn to be arrested for the sexual abuse of a 12 to 13-year-old girls or other charges of unlawful sex with a minor. Hey, if you can't get out of the house because of that whole 'registered sex offender' thing, at least you can have some 'alone time' with these book written for teens, tweens, and confused 34 year music teachers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2007

    My Latest Grievance

    If you cross the satirical characters of P.J. Wodehouse and the sparkling wit of Jane Austen's novels, you'll have something approaching the delight that is Elinor Lipman's latest novel, i My Latest Grievances /i . Narrator Frederica Hatch, 16, is the daughter of maddeningly politically-correct professor parents who live on campus. Raised on college meals and a philosophy of fighting for the 'depressed and dishevelled', she wishes for cooler, and more conventional parents whos dress stylishly and travel by car instead of bicycle. One day, she finds out that her kindly but dowdy father had a glamorous first wife - shock! - and the woman had landed a job at the college. The novel then skips along at a breezy, lighter-than-air pace. Helped by witty and snappy dialogue, each turn of the page brings new and hilarious revelations. First wife Laura Lee, a self-absorbed drama queen, starts a string of messy scandals, with the poor Hatches having to clean up after her. Frederica's smart-alecky, mordant voice is a triumph. Her parody of her parents' educated and socially conscious speech patterns - hence the title - is sharp and often very, very funny. For example, when Frederica suggests a visit to Grandma, her parents embrace her 'in a group hug as a reward for my outreach'. But underneath the effortless polish, this is an optimistic and wise tale about a daughter coming to love her embarrassing parents. Pity it is so short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Elinor's at it again!

    I liked this one. It's Elinor at her best. I started reading it this morning and couldn't stop until I'd finished it. She has such a great ear for dialogue. Loved the way she can crawl inside the vernacular of a 16 year old girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Not my favorite

    I finished the book, but more out of curiousity to see how it ended than out of enjoyment. I didn't find any of the characters likable, and Fredericka was close to being insufferable. I warmed up to her when she showed compassion towards Grace, and I was glad that it wasn't out of an ulterior motive. However, the whole story was depressing, and the ending was rushed and unsatisfying. I expected more from Ms. Lipman, whose other books I've thoroughly enjoyed. I hope the next one is a little lighter.

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