She’s Come Undone Review

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She’s Come Undone is the story of Dolores Price, a misguided child who grows into a reckless and depressed teenager and adult. It is a coming of age story that follows her through major life events; death, divorce, mental illness, sexual abuse and so much more. Dolores must learn to live in a world that she feels is out to get her. She is a character that won’t soon be forgotten.

As for my opinion of the book, I would rate it as a 3 out of 5 stars.  It’s a story that brings in a multitude of issues that Dolores must deal with and she does so in rather unconventional ways, which for me made it a bit overwhelming. However, Dolores always keeps the reader guessing on how she’ll react next, so that aspect kept my attention. Dolores Price meets some rather interesting characters in her journey from childhood to adulthood. The people each play an intricate role in her transformation from an insecure and troubled teen to a recovering and more secure adult. I don’t regret reading this book; I would certainly recommend others give it a try. For me it was enlightening to read and understand a little more about mental illness. And as I’ve said, Dolores is a character that will go with you always.

Please feel free to join Three Ladies and Their Babies: The Book Club at Facebook and join in our discussion of She’s Come Undone, as well as the book we’re currently reading, Gone Girl.

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She’s Come Undone: Discussion Reminder

We just wanted to remind you that tomorrow (5/16), will be the discussion day for She’s Come Undone. Be sure to join us on the Facebook group page, “Three Ladies and Their Babies: The Book Club” to discuss your thoughts on the book. This book has proven to touch on a lot of tough topics, so I’m certain the discussion will be interesting, too. If you haven’t finished the book yet be sure to exercise caution when visiting the group page so as not to see any spoilers. Just come on over and join in the talk as soon as you’re done.

If you are just now tuning in to the book club, feel free to join us as we begin reading our third book, Gone Girl on Saturday.  The group can be found at: Three Ladies and Their Babies: The Book Club. Simply follow the link and click “join group.”

Book Club: Books 1, 2, & 3 Selections

The two day voting window for the first three book polls at Facebook are officially closed and I am pleased to announce our first three book selections. I will introduce them now with a description of each book as found on Goodreads.

Book One (April 16 – April 30, discussion at Facebook on May 1st): Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

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The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if—as Sibyl’s assistant later charges—the patient wasn’t already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?

As recounted by Sibyl’s precocious fourteen-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt except for the fact that all its participants are acting from the highest motives—and the defendant increasingly appears to be guilty. As Sibyl Danforth faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.

Book Two (May 2 – May 16, discussion at Facebook on May 17th): She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

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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 few 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.

Book Three (May 20 – June 3, discussion at Facebook on June 4th): Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

We’re all very excited to start reading the first book and hope you are as well. Enjoy!