Blame

Blame

by Michelle Huneven
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Blame 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Corfiela More than 1 year ago
What a boring snooze, after the first two parts. It was so predictable and all the characters were so one note. They are all beautiful and have endless supplies of money and privilege. Why couldn't Patsy have been relegated to a life of linoleum and public transportation? Why didn't anything really happen? I'm supposed to feel bad for her because she resists an affair when she's married? And then we see that the man, her soulmate! has continued to carry a torch for her, after all these years. All the years she "suffered" with her older, wealthy (amazing good looking and virile) husband, expensive horses, organic garden and huge ranch dubbed the "Ponderosa". But inside she's felt blamed. Horrors! She was a drunk who thought she ran down and killed two people! She couldn't even remember! And aside from a few chapters about a short stint in prison (she gets blisters!), she suffers and struggles -- not at all. Upon her release there's a picturesque apartment, a colorful assortment of educated, wealthy friends, very cheap therapy and a seemingly well-paying job waiting for her. Oh, and I can't forget her thick, long, blonde hair which seems to stay with her even as she hits 50. She does lop it off in a soapy, sappy scene seemingly staged for a screenplay -- Charlize Theron maybe? I'm sure the hack job managed to look elegant, somehow. Couldn't she have any tribulations? A mole? A nasty prison scar? It's set in the 80s, so there are even the over-the-top gay characters, one of whom dies graciously of AIDS. I was stoked to read this book. It got so many good reviews. There were little bits that were brilliant, like a letter an old friend writes to Patsy when she's making her amends. These little sparks kept me going until the end, but it was really an intellectual's fairy tale. Ooh, look at the PhD with the DUI -- she didn't get to reproduce. Waaa, waaa. She'll have to settle for her land (enough to accommodate 2 horses and a barn) in Southern California and a successful career. The children were written by someone who does not have or know any. They were either amazingly wise and beautiful. (The clue is their "curls") or spoiled brats throwing tantrums that are indulged by the caricatured parents of today. This was trying to be Ian McEwan and falling way short. Read him instead. Atonement and On Chesil Beach are honestly touching and romantic and heartbreaking. Wow. I didn't realize how MUCH I didn't like this book until I decided to write this review.
KrisPA More than 1 year ago
This book is not a murder mystery or fast-paced. It is the story of a woman who kills two Jehovah Witnesses because she is driving drunk. The book is about her life since that occurred and how she deals with guilt and the choices she makes. This is a totally character-driven story so if you don't like the characters, specifically Patsy, the main character, then you will not like the book or care about her choices. Critics keep mentioning the "twist" in the novel and they should stop because that pretty much gives it away. Plus, it's not all that dramatic. I suspected it almost from the beginning. The choices she made after the "twist" she may have made anyway. This is a very low-key novel, very well-written, interesting. The author made an unusual choice in not using quotation marks for dialogue. I often found that somewhat annoying and confusing because I wasn't sure if someone had said something aloud or if it was a mental comment. However, it did work with book to underscore its muted tone. Patsy is a woman who gave up some of her vivacity and personality when she gave up alcohol. Or is it because she is dealing with her guilt that she feels the need to be tamped down? Good discussion book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am surprised by the people who thought this book was boring, but would suggest that one gets out of a book what one brings to the experience. I thought the book was well written, but also echo the sentiments of the reviewer who was annoyed by the lack of punctuation to indicate dialogue.
GiGiMG More than 1 year ago
Story was more of an "overview" than an in-depth character-driven story. Not much detail placed on Patsy's rise and fall and rise again. More character development and detail would have aided this story. I felt absolutely nothing during Patsy's trying times whereas if more depth were added, I could have felt like I was "inside" the story instead of floating on top of it. Wished this would have gone deeper.
CTNooker More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great story. Patsy shows us how to live life on life's terms ~ something some folks (like me!) need to be reminded of every day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading memoirs, and thought this would be a good life story although fiction. Overall a good read, but I felt that with this type of story line the remorse was never really explored and the important factor in this woman's life after prison - recovery in AA wasn't quite developed either.
MyBookObsession More than 1 year ago
I read this book, intrigued by the synopsis and, I'll admit, the cover. I usually read strictly YA and some Middle Grade, but I figured I'd try this out. I was disappointed. It was a good story, but I honestly didn't feel bad for our Main Character, Patsy, at all. None of the characters were to relatable, and I felt like Patsy honestly didn't care about what she did, moreso, how she would restart her life again. At time the story was dull and boring, or just plain confusing. This was an okay book in general, but not one I would go back to reread immediately. If you need something to read when you're bored or have a day in, I'd say pick this one, but I wouldn't recommend it for anything but that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok then whatever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yiur not dating him ay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-rolls over and slaps amber- I LOVE CARRIE -LEAVES-
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I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read. It would be a good book for book club discussion groups. It has several different topics written about in the story line and it is to begin cheerleading for several of the characters in the book. Enjoyable.
DeLandGator More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book more but for some reason it just did not connect with me. None of the characters generated much sympathy including the husband and father of the people killed. Patsy seemed to suffer very little for the what happened. The whole Gilles sub-plot seemed unnecessary and superfulous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book kept me rooting for the heroine after her huge, tragic mistake and subsequent search for redemption, but was a letdown in it's finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think there is a lot to be learned from this book, mainly about consequences and learning to live with them.
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SBum More than 1 year ago
I was definitely bored by this book. It was slow and and uneventful. I found the main character unlikable and a disappointent.
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