How can kids raised in such priviledged, solid environments end up on such a wrong track?
An unexciting read for me personally.
Good to see she put her life together eventually.
An honest account of a troubled young woman a and the effect her parents' horrific car crash had on her charmed life.
Dani Shapiro read an excerpt of this memoir on "This American Life" on NPR. I found it enlightening for women who have involved themselves with toxic men and cautionary for those who make a choice to embark on this journey. But...her story is much more than this. It is a journey of redeeming oneself by finding inner strength to deal with what life hands us when we least expect it while coming to grips with those inner demons that keep us stuck. This book is, in some sense, a tough read and you who have made similar mistakes know who you are. For those who have lived the moral high ground in their lives, Shapiro's story may seem self-serving and whiny. No matter our individual perspectives, when we read about someone who finally made good choices in their life, can we not help but feel good for that person?
I liked this book, it was a quick and exciting read. I agree with other reviewers that it had many problems: first, by leaving out some important personal history (i.e. her first marriage), I think we get the wrong idea about who the author is in this book. Secondly, it is pretty much the story of how a highly privileged person in her 20s was forced out of adolescence by her parents' car accident. It's hard to muster much sympathy for someone whose real problem is that she is basically still a teenager at 23. The hardships that Shapiro faces are pretty small potatoes in the context of the rest of humanity, and, as some reviewers have pointed out, there seemed to be plenty of money to throw at them.
In the end, though, I hardly cared. I wasn't reading this because I was in a highbrow mood. It was gripping, and Shapiro's writing managed to make me forget how annoying she probably was. It was so intense that I had a vivid nightmare after reading about how she ended up with Lenny. I think this memoir would have been much improved if she had focused even more on that relationship, which, in its creepier moments, came pretty close to psychological horror. So yes, in the end it was a highly entertaining trainwreck. Recommended if you like knowing too much about how the 1% lives.