This STORY was very interesting. However, it could have been told better by another writer. This book is such a work of self-indulgence for the author. It nearly drove me crazy. Even in the book, you can hear her explaining herself away. Yes, She has a disease, but not once do you really hear her take responsibility for herself or her actions. She's selfish and it shows in her writing. The book is copyrighted 2004 so my hope is that in the past 4-5 years that she has had more time to heal and more time to think about her life back then. Perhaps she meant for this book to be that way, to show how she WAS, but it just infuriated me.
Interesting book, good subject, but would have been better with a really good editor to tone down Ms. Donahue's holier than thou and super indulgent rants.
Hope Donahue has a great sense of humor. Sure, it's a bit annoying hearing about her First World Problems at times. However, she has true wit, her eyes see what many people cannot. She illustrates with words, her life, her pain, her experience. Maybe she comes from a fancy world that most of us simply don't, but her experience is human, real and raw.
Heather reviewed Beautiful Stranger: A Memoir of an Obsession With Perfection on
Strange book, Hard to really like Hope ,I understand she had a sickness but it is a totally self indulgent book. It is a quick read holds you'r attention but just leaves you shaking you'r head at the end.
This was a pretty quick read. I finished it in 4 days. It really gave me perspective on what life would be like to long for perfection. The author did a great job expressing the hurt and emotion of this sad obsession. I would recommend this book to anyone who has felt the need to have plastic surgery, felt the emotions of needed to look perfect or has been affected by this disease in one way or another.