Book Reviews of The Wonder Spot

The Wonder Spot
The Wonder Spot
Author: Melissa Bank
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ISBN-13: 9780143037217
ISBN-10: 0143037218
Publication Date: 5/30/2006
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 114 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
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".
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Helpful Score: 3
This book changed my life.
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Helpful Score: 2
So, So. It is a running commentary of all the boyfriends she has had since she was 12. It just goes on and on. I really dont get her humor.
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked this book a lot. Quick read. It's even better than her first book "Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing".
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Helpful Score: 2
If I wrote short stories, I'd want them to be like these. A very good book!
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked this book quite a bit; however, I don't think it's particularly memorable. Readable, yes.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting, but never really goes anywhere. Worth a read...
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Helpful Score: 1
Well written contemporary story of young womanhood set in NYC. An engaging read.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Disjointed but entertaining.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good. Better than her first book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful short stories with one main character. Awesome!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read. I really liked her book The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and was equally pleased with this book.
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Just couldn't get thru this. Maybe the author shouldn't have read her own book because she was just as annoying as the story.
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took a CD to get into but I really enloyed it. Well written and made you fall in love with the main character.
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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_.
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This was a really fun read by an author with an unique writing style. I didn't know what to expect when I started this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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I've wanted to read this book for a while because I loved 'The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing'. It took me a while to get into this one, but by the end I didn't want to put it down.
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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.
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This book is by the author of "The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing" which I have not read but friends have loved. This book is a nice relaxing story following a girl named Sophie as she grows up.
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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.
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Good book. Entertaining.
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This book chronicles 20 years of a womans life. Great contemporary literature and an easy read.
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Pleasurable read.
The story of Sophie who is an everywoman who doesn't quite fit in.
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I enjoyed it even more than her hit The Girl's Guide To Hunting and Fishing. Funny and thougthful.
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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.
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I was not a fan of this book. Too predictable and I could not relate to the characters, and did not like her writing style.
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Wonderful book!