She's Come Undone Author:Wally Lamb In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. — Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next f... more »ew years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.« less
This is one the most painful books I have ever read! Wally Lamb takes you into the life of a very unruly 13 year old girl with a vicious mouth who eats because she is so unhappy and is even more distraught when she balloons up to 267 pounds by the time she goes to college. At times, her bad behaviour was shocking. And then I would want to cry with her when she was heart-broken. This book is about life; the good, the bad and the ugly.
I read this book to my husband on a 7 day road trip and we both loved it. Lamb with with rare insight into women and into the human condition. A story about incest, mental illness, divorce, attempted suicide and finally a happy ending that comes at just the right time. The story is a little long but very well worth the read!
This is, hands-down, my favorite book ever! Told in first person, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel like you REALLY know Dolores and everyone she encounters. Wally Lamb has an amazing way of writing so you can see, feel, taste, smell the environment! It's painful, it's heart-wrenching, it's uplifting...it's just one of the best books I've ever read.
As much as I LOVE PBS, you will never see this book posted by me - I love it too much!
I wanted to like this book, and I think I kind of did in the ending? Bottom line is, page after page had me raising an eyebrow or shaking my head. Some of was just too strange and unbelievable. Other times it just seemed a bit forced. Yet, imagine my surprise, when the ending sucked me in and had me rooting for Dolores.
So, was I entertained by this book? Yes. Would I recommend it to others? No.
Wally Lamb really makes your forget that he is a a man as he writes in the voice of a woman and takes you through her life as a young girl, a teenager and a finally a woman. The main character goes through many trials and tribulations. The brash and in your face language make this a book that you are either going to love or hate and it is the same way with the main character.
This was a surprising book, wrote in the person of a girl from childhood to adulthood, but by a man. I wondered several times during reading how he got into the head of a female! I enjoyed this book, but many times I did not like the heroine, nor her husband and mother and grandmother. Maybe that makes it true to life but all in all it was a good book.
The book is so different that it is hard to think of it in a class with other books. It is quite blunt in a forward way. The girl that is the theme, starts in her childhood and is shown from her perspective which is really skewed. She has so much emotional baggage and is very much always upset. She gets pretty much straightened out in an institution. Every time she trusts someone and tries to get on her feet they let her down, again. Strange little book, but I am glad I read it.
I had a difficult time getting into this book, but once I did I was amazed. Wally Lamb does a beautiful job of relating the trials and victories (albeit, seemingly small victories) of Delores. I found myself wanting to get back to this book to find out what became of the tragic, lonely, and often defiant lead character.
I am officially a huge Wally Lamb fan. I had read I Know This Much is True last summer and recently read The Hour I First Believed but this one by far was my favorite. Once it started I couldn't not put it down and I read the Part 2 and 3 in one day, neglecting just about everything else because it was that good. The writing was so believable and I found myself rooting for the main character. When it was over, I wanted more.
Highly recommended read.....that is if your spouse and children don't mind being ignored.
This is one of those books you'll remember years after you read it. It's inventive, sharp and inquisitive. Smart writing and a great story. You will feel the characters and miss them after the 465 pages are completed.