Great story, but not very well written. It wasn't terrible, but the author tends to use the same words over and over (a pet peeve of mine). If I saw the word "parlance" one more time I thought I was going to to scream... ;) Over all a good read though.
I really enjoyed "The Liar's Club" and I thought "Cherry" would be as good, maybe better. I was disappointed. While I could relate to the feelings (and even some of the situations) she described in "The Liar's Club", I couldn't relate to a lot of the goings on in this book. She was apparently a very wild child in her teens and the easy sex and prevalent drug use really turned me off. I also got very distracted by Ms Karr's use of the word "you" in the narrative. Since it is her story, it would make sense that she would tell it in the first person, but she doesn't.
After reading her first novel, The Liar's Club, and loving it, I had high hopes for this one. It didn't disappoint. The author takes us on a wiiiiiiild ride as she reminisces about her growing up in the '60s and surviving it (barely)! She has a way of saying the obvious like no body else, she names names, rats out her mom, her mom's boyfriends, her old boyfriends, her old girlfriends, and anybody else who made for a good story. And there are a lot of 'em! I laughed out loud, I went, 'oh, yea' at times, and I felt like I had a friend when I finished this one. Go for it.
"Astonishing...one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years...Karr's most powerful tool is her language, which she wields with the virtuosity of both a lyric poet and an earthy, down-home Texan." - The New York Times
this book started off kind of slow and then became very interesting. but....at some point the author developed this annoying habit of using the word "you"- endlessly. "you did this. you thought that. you went here." i find it VERY annoying. ok- i made it to page 179 and i could stand her use of the word "you" no more. this was such a promising book but i am unable to finish it.
Okay, I finished it but I'm not sure why I bothered. I'm not even sure what the point of the story was. The prologue seemed only loosely tied to the rest of the story, and the title character seemed aimless and uninteresting. The structure of the novel, much of which was annoyingly written in second person, did not intrigue.
Cherry finds the teenage Mary still marooned in a family whose behavior ranges from charmingly eccentric to dangerously crazy. (This, for instance, is the Karr version of a note from home: "Lecia Karr's leprosy kicked in, and I had to wrap her limbs in balm and hyssop. Please excuse her.") But here the focus has shifted to Mary herself, furiously engaged in pissing off authority at every turn: flouting the dress code, dropping acid, running from the cops, falling in love.