This book is awesome.
The writing style is somewhat like riding as a passenger when someone is trying to learn to drive a stickshift, which I HATE. But I LOVED this book. It may have been a confluence of the right book at the right time in the right place in the right frame of mind, but once again, this book was awesome. Enough to make me break a vow to myself about not reading hyped up and oversold books as I am now going to request the author's other book "Girl's guide to Hunting and Fishing".
Sophie Applebaum is an everywoman who doesn't quite fit in anywhere. She's looking for a career but lacks a calling, looking for love but winds up with men who hold her off instead of pull her in. At cocktail parties, she feels like a solid trying to do a liquid's job. It isn't easy to find your place in the world, but Sophie's willing to work. With every misstep, she's closer to creating the life she wants to have.
Relatable journey through one very realistic young woman's late 20th-century journey from a uncertain childhood, through a self-doubting adolescence, to an aimless young adulthood and, finally, to some well-earned clarity about who she is, what she wants, and what growing up is for. I especially loved the episodic format, almost a series of connected short stories that comprise snapshots at key periods of the narrators' life. So, so wry and funny. Especially recommended if you enjoyed Melissa Bank's previous novel, _A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing_.
I didn't really like this book. It is about a girl, Sophie, and all of the men she has encountered throughout her life. She lives in New York City. She works in advertising but doesn't like it. She is waiting for something better to come along, but doesn't try hard enough to change jobs or get something different. As I read the book, I kept waiting for something to happen, like her falling in love or actually liking the life she is living. I must have missed something because I really didn't understand what the book was about. In fact, it kind of depressed me.
I loved Melissa Bank's first book "The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing" so I was eager to read this when I had heard she had written another book but I was not impressed with this one. I felt it had no plot, meaning or purpose, therefore no ending.
At first I didnt think I was going to like The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank, because I didnt like its protagonist, Sophie. Sandwiched between a cute and popular older brother, and a hardworking genius younger brother, Sophie is the middling middle child. The book begins with Sophie at about age twelve and follows her into adulthood. Each chapter could stand alone as a short story, which is in fact how I first encountered the title story, in the collection Speaking with the Angel, edited by Nick Hornby.
Sophie is not particularly good at anything, and doesnt particularly want to be. She fails at school, at work, at friendships, at relationships. At times you want to shake her and say, Just do something! Anything! But whats appealing about Sophie is her utter honesty. Not with others, but with herself. As she describes every pose she assumes, she shares her inner motivations, and we recognize ourselves. Its a well written collection, funny and moving.