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The Year of Yes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    a rationalization for bad behavior?

    If you want to spend your time reading about the authors meaningless, risky, sometimes degrading sexual behavior buy this book. Does she think that putting an occasional humorous or insightful spin on her experiences will give value to writing about her 'year of yes'? If the memoir is true, as she claims, Maria Dahvana Headley has made a shallow, pitiful attempt to explain behavior that was very unkind to the people in her life and reflects very poorly on her maturity and character. I forced myself to finish the book, hoping for some redeeming quality, there was none. I wasted my time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Year of Yes

    I am so sick of junk literature! Don't know who the other reviewers are here, perhaps the writer's mother and agent, but I fail to see how any thinking person could actually like such a shallow rant. This book is one of those self-aggrandizing and utterly hollow 'mainstream titles' where the subtext behind every anecdote screams 'will this story make me famous and will I be able to sell the idea as an outrageous cable series ala Sex in the City?' Many of the portraits -- which we are encouraged to believe are real people, but I hope not -- have a cruel and narcissistic edge to them. One is left with such a nasty taste in one's mouth ... especially when one reads about her 'true love' ... was she really looking for a dirty Daddy figure all this time? THAT was the point? Anti-climactic and anti-romantic. Ick. I pity the real life kids who, apparently, have to deal with this self-absorbed and immature stepmother. Don't waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Year of Yes

    Unlike the delightful David Sedaris this novice writer is apparently trying to emulate, this book is shallow, unoriginal and ultimately leaves you with a hollow feeling ... is this what passes for literature these days? The gossipy, self-focused tone is off-putting, and the judgemental depictions of people she encounters border on cruelty. There is no wisdom, sincere self-examination or, ultimately, revelation here (and little humor, unless you consider rather mean-spirited gossip funny). Only the sad story of an immature and narcissistic young woman kissing her own image in a mirror.

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