Friday, April 16, 2010

Maria Semple; This One Is MINE












  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1 edition (March 24, 2010)
  • Language: English


Synopsis


Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life—except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own. THIS ONE IS MINE is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more—and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.




My Review


Violet Parry an UNFORGETTABLE character. Violets life is perfect to the outsiders.  Her husband who forgets what a relationship should entail seems insensitive. It almost seems like he forgets she is human and has feelings. I almost feel maybe Violet wasn't quite right either. I kept saying to myself "I would so not do that".  Yet it was so realistic. Things that happen in this plot happens everyday. Sally was something in a class all her own. If you don't fall in love with this tiger on the prowl I don't know what would make you happy.  I am still in shock as to the twist and turns of this one. I still don't know how I got there but I did. Like a whirl wind of twists which makes for a perfect plot!  The witty, clever and LOL writing style was Powerful to make you stay attached.  I really enjoyed this ride!  I will continue to look for more of Maria Semple  books in the future! I had a blast, Does my hair look OK after that ride??


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35 comments:

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Sounds very interesting! Love your little comment about your hair...it looks great hun! I always thought the wild look was in ;)

Giada M said...

Thank you for this review! This book sounds great and I have it on my wishlist! And I love the cover! Can't wait to read it!

Giada M

fabgiada @ gmail.com

Kelly said...

This looks like an interesting book. Does the chocolate on the cover (at least I assume it's a piece of chocolate) connect to anything in the book or is it just a random cover? Great review! Love the hair comment! :)

buddyt said...

If I comment will you send me a box of the chocolates ?

Thanks

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Mary_not_Martha said...

Sounds intriguing! I love twists!

fumblingtowardsnormalcy.com said...

I just found you through Angelia at Amelioration. I'm about to leave on vacation and I'm looking to stock my nook with lots of goodies for the trip. This one sounds perfect. Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog...

Readerly Person said...

My gosh, the best thing about this review is the cover of the book! I think it's awesome. (Most covers with edible stuff on them are awesome, but this one is super-awesome because it has a FLOWER!)

This is not my usual genre, but because of the great cover (and your review, I'll throw it on my list. :)

- Rebecca

joder said...

Sounds like a fun story with very colorful chracters. Violet sounds strong-willed and determined and for me a strong heroine is a necessity for enjoying a story.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Another of your always-great reviews, Liz! It sounds like a winner. Love the hair comment! LOL! :-)

Maria Semple said...

Liz,
This is my dream review. Your response is exactly what I was hoping for when I wrote THIS ONE IS MINE. Thanks for reading, thanks for the great site.
xo
Maria

Maria Semple said...

Liz,
This is my dream review. Your response is exactly what I was hoping for when I wrote THIS ONE IS MINE. Thanks for reading, thanks for the great site.
xo
Maria

Milli said...

Great review! The cover looks so cute!

misskallie2000 said...

I enjoyed your review. I have been reading the reviews on this book and all are good. Thanks for the review.
Cover is eye catching...I like.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Julie--I am Reading Without Restraint! said...

Great review--thanks for sharing! And thanks for giving us the opportunity to get another entry!

Andrea said...

I love the simplicity of the cover and your review was fantastic. I am adding this book to my list!

Thanks~

a.canosa (at) yahoo (dot) com

Aik said...

I really liked your review. And the book cover is very pretty!

brizmus said...

Heh, your hair looks fine. :-)
And this book does sound fantastic!

Kailia Sage said...

I heard about this book from my friend but I didn't know if i wanted to read it! But your review has changed my mind!

Kirsten said...

great review! after seeing the cover of the book, now i wanna eat chocolate xD

bianca_riot said...

Thankyou for the review, loved it! Violet sounds like a character i could realy enjoy reading about. And the cover-well, i think im gonna go make some cupcakes because that what its making me think of, or chocolate.... :)

Lily Child said...

Wonderful review! I definitely want to check this one out! :)

Btw...I have an award for you! :)
http://lillybook.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-award.html

skyla11377 said...

You Made This Book Sound Like Something I WOuld Like To Read. I Have Seen This Book Cover Before And Never Really Looked Into Reading It But Thanks To You I Just Might Give It A Shot.

blueicegal said...

great review!

Sena said...

I normally wouldn't go for this kind of book, but your review has made me want to check it out :)

EVA SB said...

Sounds like a blast - something fun to lighten up my life.

KC said...

I always love laugh out loud books! People always wonder why you're laughing to a book ;-)

Brodie said...

This probably isn't normally the type of book I pick up (I 'usually' focus on YA novels) but after reading your review, you have me interested! It sounds great, I love that there's twists and turns along the way aswell as funny and witty writing. Great review!

linz said...

The synopsis wasn't what I was expecting based the cover, but it sounds like a really good book.

Kimberly H. said...

Great Review! This book is not something I would normally read, but I will definately give it a go!

elizabeth said...

Awesome review! I would definitely want to read this book :)

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Great review! Thanks for sharing!

Amy J
djsfoxylady@gmail.com

Tina said...

Sounds great! And the chocolate of the cover seems delicious! hahaha
Great review!

ChickLitGirl said...

VERY cute cover. I dont usually like books where wives cheat on their hubbies but maybe I'll give this one a read!
Great Review.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

Fab review! I love the look of this cover - its so cute! Sounds like a good one to read!

Brianna Bruce said...

This sounds great! I love your review, especially the last line : )