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Imperfect Birds

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Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school Smart athletic and beautiful she's everything her mother I liked this and other people didn't and that makes perfect sense to me What makes less sense to me is that so many readers' praise and complaints hinge on two things 1 liking or identifying with the characters; 2 verisimilitude by which I mean the reader's own convictions that people do or do not act in such and such a way that the characters' choices do or do not resemble the choices of people the reader knows And those two categories are really just one this reminds me of me andor people in my life; or this does not remind me of me andor people in my life and I demand to know why not And that seems to me to be a sadly limited way to read What if instead we read precisely because it can make our world bigger because it can expand our sense of what is possible because it provides a whole new range of people and experiences and ideas that in fact we have never had What if we read because there are things in heaven and earth Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy And what if that expansiveness is not a lamentable limitation but a reason to remain endlessly curious Marilyn, Elvis, le prince William et moi just one this reminds me of me andor people in my life; or this does not remind me of me andor people in my life and I demand to know why not And that seems to me to be a sadly limited way to read What if instead we read precisely because it can make our world bigger because it can expand our sense of what is possible because it provides a whole new range of people and experiences and ideas that in fact we have never had What if we read because there are things in heaven and earth Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy And what if that expansiveness is not a lamentable limitation but a reason to remain endlessly curious

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Elizabeth and her stepfather James hoped she could be But as the school year draws to a close there are disturbing signs that the well adjusted life Ro This book perplexes me The copyright is 2010but apparently not one of these parents have Caller ID and there's still a working pay phone somewhere in this affluent California town and the girls have an incident with uaaludes but go to raves and take ecstasy Um what year is this set inI like Anne Lamott's writing There were many sentences particularly in the first two chapters that I was itching to take a pencil and underline But the narrative itself falls flat No it's not easy parenting a teenager and they do often live a double life but it's really hard to buy into Elizabeth and James's world and Rosie's in many ways reminds me a lot of anti drug propaganda from the early '90's Also going back to the idea of a novel without a sense of timeRosie Jody and Alice are the three teenage girls this story centers around which adds to the difficulty of figuring out when exactly this novel takes placeBasically this novel just left me frustrated and wanting to both tell the parents to grow a pair and to smack some sense into Rosie that clearly six hours in detention did not achieve

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Sie claims to be leading is a sham Slowly and painfully Elizabeth and James must face the fact that Rosie has been lying to them with profound conseuenc Characters in Anne Lamott's novels say things like this To begin with you need to tell me all of your unsaids Elizabeth They're killing us You've been using your sincereness in counterfeit ways And that's not even the Mother Earth character Because there is always a Mother Earth character a spiritual hippie with a warm aura and a soft lap whose words are a higher grade of fortune cookie wisdom In Imperfect Birds Lamott revisits the characters from Rosie and Crooked Little Heart Elizabeth is still going to AA meetings and has been sober for a long enough spell minus a blip a few years earlier She's still dabbling in higher power issues Rosie is a junior in high school tall and lovely no longer recreationally using cocaine according to her diary but definitely hopped up on a friend's Adderall weed the whatever laced whatevers that her friends have available and when all else fails cough syrup or glue sniffing It's totally cas thoughElizabeth knows some of this She reads Rosie's diary and pays attention to what her daughter's hair smells like and monitors her uber moody moods But whenever Elizabeth catches Rosie with pills in her jeans pocket Rosie dulls the story to a plausible piece of fiction just bad enough to get grounded but not bad enough for big trouble A slight of hand to distract her parents from how bad it really is And how bad is it really Rosie's head is saying not bad at all but meanwhile she bargains with herself and makes and breaks plans to shape up The mother daughter duo are in a tug of war for the entire book Rosie trying to exert independence getting good grades and getting oozy goozy electrified by her physics teacher's arm hair; Elizabeth going covert ops and trying to keep her daughter safe from addiction sexual transmitted diseases Car accidents burning buildings and jail This seems a bit like a cautionary tale to people with the mantra not my kid and it comes across as a bit like the time Helen Hunt got all crunk and belly flopped out the window of an apartment building or something starring a Dakota Fanning wanna be on the Lifetime Network But there is also this intersection of remembering what it feels like to sneak out of a bedroom window versus what it would be like to suirt a human being into the world and be charged with making sure that person doesn't sneak out bedroom windows It is also front row seats at the freak show of what it is like to be 17 years old in the late aughts I definitely enjoyed this but I've always enjoyed Anne Lamott and I'm a sucker for seeing what old characters from old stories are up to Facebook anyone I like that her characters say profound sentences that sound like they were ripped from a therapy session And I like the way families are never just the people sharing a last name in this case there are also wayward friends unconditionally loved despite addictions and suspect decision making skills

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