I realized the other day that it has been quite a while since I reviewed a book I have read. So since there is nothing else really exciting going on in my neck of the woods, here goes nothing...
A few weeks ago, my cousin suggested I read She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Written in 1992 and placed on Oprah's Book Club list in 1997, She's Come Undone is a timeless novel of a young girl coming of age.
I have to say that while I was reading this book, I kept asking myself why in the world would I subject myself to something like this. The story line possessed the most depressing and tragic sequence of events.
Dolores Price, the female protagonist of the book, grows up during the 1950s when television is a novelty and when walking on the moon is the dream of every young person. Dolores Price, however, did not fall into that category.
At the age of 13, Dolores has already faced more than any one adolescent should: her mother lost a baby, her father left her mother for another woman, her mother is put into a mental institution which thus forces Dolores to go and live with her devout Catholic grandmother. In essence, Dolores is bound to say farewell to her childhood.
In her grief, Dolores turns to food as comfort. By the time she reaches young adulthood, she weighs well-over 200 pounds making her the butt of everyone's jokes which thus sends her into deeper depression.
With one tragic even after the other, She's Come Undone is a difficult book to read but the last couple of paragraphs of it make it well worth your time. Dolores Price, although an unlikely heroine, makes one believe that if she can do it, anyone can.
**As a side note, this novel is filled with explicit language and overt sexual content and should not be read by young adults.**