I love other work by this author. The difficulty I had with this one was the main character: Hannah was (and probably still is) an irritating malcontent. Misfits and strugglers, I can root for, but an unrelenting and un-self-aware wet blanket - ugh. People who cared about her kept trying to help her but she remained rigid and focused on the negative. I read to the end not because of her, but because I wanted to see what happened to the other characters.
It took me a few pages to really get into the story. But once I did, I enjoyed it very much. Hannah, the main character of the story, is relatable (if somewhat annoying sometimes), and so is the story of her evolvement from a teenager to a young woman.
A very good book, although sometimes Hannah can be a bit abrupt and harsh, but on the other hand, that's what makes her so interesting.
A very good book. So honest. So insightful. I will read her 1st book & anything else she writes. I recommend this author.
Don't let the pre-teen-style cover fool you: This book is filled with insightful and mature vignettes that are written with an attentive eye for detail and frank honesty. Women will relate to much of protagonist Hannah's experiences, and everyone will enjoy this vivid read about coming of age and finding love.
Although this book bears a banal and generic title, Curtis Sittenfeld's second novel, "The Man of My Dreams," is almost as enjoyable as her first ("Prep," 2005). When the book opens, 14-year-old Hannah Gavener is grappling with her mother's decision to stand up to her controlling father. The storyline follows Hannah through college and afterwards as she tries to find the kind of romance she believes she desires. As is so often the case in life, things don't quite work out according to plan; as a result, this novel rings completely true, vividly capturing a young woman's anxiety and confusion about finding love and direction.
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