Saturday Spotlight: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Introducing Saturday Nite Reader’s weekly meme: Saturday Spotlight! Each Saturday I will spotlight a book I have read or am currently reading; and, of course what I think is special about it. I invite you to participate as well! Just link back to my weekly post and don’t forget to add your spotlight link in the comment section for all to see. Happy Sharing! XO, Nikki

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She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Published: August 24, 1992 by Pocket
Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Ever read a book and remember you had strong feelings for it and would go on to say that it was one of your top reads of all time…and then time goes by (a lot of time) and you forget the story but know it was good (or at least you felt moved when you read it)? BTW – how long did I make that sentence, holy heck. Well that is me and She’s Come Undone.

I read this book in high school, and remember being so in tuned with the story; a relation not felt due to similarity of situation, but knowing what the main character, Dolores, may have been feeling on an emotional level. Man, do I need to reread this book again. I am hoping it will bring back memories from when I first experienced it.

I always thought I would not reread books: why would I want to waste time reading something I already experienced when there are so many good books out there? But, I was wrong. I read this book almost 20 years ago – and hundreds of books since – that how can I possibly remember the full, detailed story? I will be rereading this one very soon.

Goodreads Stats:
3.85 average rating   *    281,496 Ratings   *   9,426 Reviews
Saturday Nite Reader rating: 4 disco balls

Goodreads Synopsis:
In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years.

Meet Dolores Price. She’s 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.

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22 thoughts on “Saturday Spotlight: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

  1. I am a rereader. I struggle to let go of great characters. 😀 I hope when you get to reread She’s Come Undone that it lives up to your memory of it.

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  2. This post really had me thinking about books I read many years ago and believe it or not one of them I just read recently again. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught is a book a read way over 10 years ago along with A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. Both books came out in the late 80’s and I probably read them somewhere in the 1990’s. These are the type of books that you can read over and over again. But, when you think about it – its Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux – need I even say more!

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  3. Where have I been? I have not read anything by this author. I think I must if it was so striking you still recall it 20 years and hundreds of books later!

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  4. Great post-Nikki, this is actually the first time I have heard about this book and it looks and sounds like an emotional book. I am really glad you enjoy reading it a second time around. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar my friend.


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