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Portrait Of Her

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My heart is broken in two. Gosh, I really never knew it could be so finite or just this definitive. I never knew a slice could be so even-or a paring knife this sharp.

They say, "Out of sight, out of mind." They say, "Friendship is the only rose without a thorn." They say, "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." And they say: "Happiness is two scoops of ice cream-A warm puppy."

The other day, Peter said, "You'll ...

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Overview

My heart is broken in two. Gosh, I really never knew it could be so finite or just this definitive. I never knew a slice could be so even-or a paring knife this sharp.

They say, "Out of sight, out of mind." They say, "Friendship is the only rose without a thorn." They say, "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." And they say: "Happiness is two scoops of ice cream-A warm puppy."

The other day, Peter said, "You'll never have as much money as me! You'll never have a career like mine! You'll always be behind me, trailing!"

After a twenty-six-year-old woman unsuccessfully tries to hang herself in her bedroom, she begins to reminisce about her past loves. There was Brian, her first serious boyfriend, and then Cal, the one they called "Mr. Personality." But it's Peter, a famous, older author with whom she has been involved for three years, that she just can't quite let go. A conversation with her mother opens the window into her soul, helping her realize that she is not defined solely by her relationships, but something much deeper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595387472
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 2/9/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    Reflections of Woody Allen

    Ellen Bloomenstein's Portrait of Her tries to be a modern version of the Woody Allen persona in a young-woman suit of black and blue. The storyline is well presented, although it is far from fresh, and some elements of the author's style will certainly inspire a young female audience. Ms. Bloomenstein revels in describing her characters as looking like particular celebrities, as if each character's personality could be simply boiled down into his or her outward appearance. Portrait of Her offers an inviting cover and a somewhat interesting story, but the interior formatting of the book all but ruins any positive attributes it might otherwise showcase. The author has applied several incongruent fonts and eliminated punctuation to communicate her characters' emotions. Maybe Ellen Bloomenstein is too clever for her own good. Ms. Bloomenstein has done a fine job of mining the same subject territory as Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City, Jerry Seinfeld, and Woody Allen have done so successfully. She is a writer with genuine promise who just needs to attain a little maturity in her attitude about writing. I love the cover and I like the plotline, but how can I give a book more than three stars when it is more difficult to read than it is fun to read?

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