Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review of "This One is Mine" by Maria Semple

So, I'm trying to catch up with my GoodReads reviews. I'll start with the books that have left an impression, whether good or not so good. Some will be recent reads for me, others will be historical. I read This One Is Mine 2 1/2 years ago, for instance.


This One is MineThis One is Mine by Maria Semple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book sticks with me. Perhaps it's because the characters are drawn so well, each with his or her own type of pain and failures, contrasted with their ambitions. No one is trying to be the bad guy, but they all make choices that injure other people.

And yet, they all grow a little. Well, except the junkie. But at least he warns everyone that he is a junkie, and no one should expect anything beyond junkie behavior from him.

Somehow, Semple redeems everyone else. I'm still trying to figure out how.

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