This One Is Mine

This One Is Mine

A Novel

eBook - 2008
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Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life--except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316042857
0316042854
Characteristics: 1 online resource (289 p.) : map.
Summary: Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life--except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.

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Bookbybook
Oct 31, 2017

Vulgar, stupid and racist characters. It escapes me how someone could write a book with so much use of the "n" word. Perhaps, once or twice to establish a particular character was unlikable and racist, although there are other ways to make the point than using such a vile word. Using it repeatedly and by multiple characters was an assault on my senses and unnecessary. And what educated person calls someone with autism "retarded"? The book is trash and has no redeeming value. Skip it.

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WalyMama
Apr 20, 2017

If you read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" and are hoping this will be some of the same, it's not. I couldn't even read it half way. Some of the beginning was funny, but it quickly turned to a mess that I didn't feel I wanted to invest my time in further.

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Newmommy09
Dec 03, 2016

I loved the dark humor and the characters in the story. You love them, you hate them. What I liked is that through the hard times between Violet and her husband, the Yoga retreat gave her husband courage to stand by Violet and find forgiveness in her actions. Marriage is difficult at times, but ultimately worth the sacrifice. I found myself laughing out loud especially at the superficiality of L.A. Enjoyable read.

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FeiyaWang
Feb 08, 2016

Reads similarly to Miranda July's The First Bad Man, which I also disliked, but was less weird.

Characters are extremely wrapped up in themselves. They are seen by others to be caricatures of horrible people, but from their own point of view, just simply flawed with little self-control.

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JimLoter
Jul 15, 2015

Since this book's been out a while I don't think the world needs another recap of the plot. I liked the book a lot. I am rather fascinated, though, by reading other reviews on this site and seeing how many of them contain a variation of "I know I don't need to 'identify' with or 'like' the characters in a book, but still..." and then go on to trash the book because of the unlikable characters.

I love unlikable characters - or, I should say I love "broken" characters, which this book is full of. These people are not evil; they are struggling - struggling to understand themselves, to cope with loneliness, to learn what love really means as an adult, and to find peace in a world that has an extremely thin definition of "acceptable."

Each main "unlikable" character in the book operates under a crumbling concept of what happiness is, or what the conditions for happiness are: marriage, motherhood, financial success, addiction recovery, predictable routine.... And yet they are still miserable and feel cheated. Each character takes a long and often damaging trip to get through to the other side, which is often not a place they thought it would be.

I wonder if people who "don't like" the characters in this book (and fault the novel for giving them a space) are reacting that way because they recognize too much of themselves in these troubled people.... I know I did.

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norma777
Aug 03, 2014

After reading Where'd You Go , Bernadette I was eager to dive into this book. Where Bernadette was fast paced, this was ponderous. Bernadette was interesting, this was boring. Bernadette was quirky, this was just weird. I could not find one character to like in this book. I kept reading it, hoping it would get better, and it did not. Skimmed a lot and a friend I lent it to gave up after a chapter or so. Also included very crude sexual language and situations. Ugh. A real disappointment. I hope the author gets her groove back for her next book.

rowanquincy Aug 01, 2014

Read her other book first and was disappointed with this one. Unlikeable characters and boring plot.

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MargoBarron
Oct 13, 2013

Really unlikable and gross characters. I did not care for this book at all. I had read "Where'd You Go Bernadette" and enjoyed that one.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 14, 2013

Any book that makes me laugh out loud is okay by me. And this one did. As did her other book. They have their plot weaknesses, but the characters are fairly original and believable and she has a way with a humorous phrase.

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tuttleliz
Jun 05, 2013

I just got bored with the book...it kept going. Had to skim the last few chapters...

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