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Autobiography of Us
Autobiography of Us
Author: Aria Beth Sloss
A gripping debut novel about friendship, loss and love; a confession of what passed between two women who met as girls in 1960s Pasadena, California. — Coming of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expecta...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780805094558
ISBN-10: 0805094555
Publication Date: 2/5/2013
Pages: 304
  • Currently 2.4/5 Stars.

2.4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Audio CD
Members Wishing: 21
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njmom3 avatar reviewed Autobiography of Us on + 1355 more book reviews
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The "Us" are Alex and Rebecca. They meet in 1958 as girls, and instantly forge a friendship. The Autobiography of Us is the story of that relationship within the cultural context of the 1960s as Alex and Rebecca grow up and attempt to find their own way within the confines of family and cultural expectations.

The description had all the makings of a good story - young women at a fascinating point in history, friendships we can relate to, expectations we try to live up to and escape. Unfortunately, the reality of this book did not live up to its expectations.

The characters were not particularly likable. The book seemed a little disjointed. Throughout, the book was an undercurrent that made it feel like I, as a reader, was missing part of the story. I kept waiting for it to come together, but it never quite did.

It had the potential, but did not get there.
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Loved this book. The era in which the characters developed are my favorite years. A quick read but well done. More of a girls read rather than all readers. Highly recommended.
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Not sure what to think about this one. Depressing for sure. The Alex character was very arrogant and manipulative, I just didn't like her at all. Rebecca seemed to think she was the greatest, but I thought Alex was not a good friend to her at all. Rebecca was very smart and wanted to be a doctor but being the years what they were back then, it didn't pan out, and really not much else said about that. Kinda dropped the ball on some of the storylines. The book describes this friendship but I didn't see friendship really, more of Alex belittling Rebecca and Rebecca just kind of gliding through her life. Disappointing read for sure.