I hate this book Let me just get that out of the way first I also have to admit to having personal knowledge of the author which in no way colors my opinion of this book Mr Lamb was a writing teacher at my high school in CT and actually helped me quite a bit in writing my college application essays I got in to every school I applied for even my reach school and I am positive that the essay I wrote was the biggest tipping point My essay was really good and it was wholly because of Mr Lamb and his suggestions, pointers and all around encouragement As a person, Mr Lamb is wonderful and I will always remember him with high praise.Which is part of the reason why I wanted to love this book so much I loved Mr Lamb He was the teacher all the students wanted to work with and to have a book of his published And on Oprah So I picked it up and was so excited I think I read it in two days or something.That build up may explain my intense dislike for the book now Too much hype to live up to Regardless, I hated the main character She was a sad sack type Very much a Charlie Brown type the character who is very nice, NEVER gets a break, is inexplicably constantly treated like crap by everyone around them without deserving it, and makes the trials of Job look like a tropical vacation After while, I have to say enough is enough The book became incredibly predictable not conventionally, i.e boy meets girl, etc but rather, if there was a situation described and you imagined the worst possible outcome, that is what would happen Imagine yourself baking a cake What s the worst that could happen Burn the cake moments before the birthday party Amateur No, the correct answer is have the gas flowing but the pilot light go out until a spark happens when you slip on the floor in non skid slippers causing a gigantic explosion that kills the neighbors and innocent children who happened to be arriving for the party at that exact moment but blowing you out the window to safety where you land relatively unharmed but now burned with guilt for the rest of your life Oh yeah, and the neighborhood now hates you and has voted you out of the community so you are homeless Now you get the idea That is what this book reads like page after page after page of it I hated the character unbelievably wimpy , the story the ridiculous situations and absurd outcomes , and the plot which meandered and was like walking with a 2 year old you had to stop and fully investigate anything shiny before being allowed to move on So if you are only somewhat depressed but not quite suicidal yet, this is the book for you Everyone else should stay away in droves.If you ever get a chance to meet the actual author, please do you ll come out better for it And my last little comment, try to never read a lesbian sex scene written by a former teacher and mentor You can never look at him the same again I am actually glad that I have not met him since because I don t know if I could look at him the same way This is one of my all time favorite books I just recently reread the book and fell in love all over again It had been some time since I read the book and felt I should refresh my memory since I recommend it to so many She s Come Undone is the story of a troubled teenage girl growing into a woman, her struggles and the ways in which she decides to cope with them She puts on a tough exterior but inside is as soft as the marshmallows she finds comfort in.Dolores is plagued with heartache, hurt and uncertainty As a teenager it seems that every person she allows close to her hurts her She withdraws herself inward and finds comfort in the television and food, losing all interest in the outside world By doing so she creates problems for herself, mentally and physically.When she heads off to college, extremely overweight, she finds out how cruel the world can really be, which sends her even farther down the spiral Eventually she hits rock bottom After a couple of years of treatment she decides to create her own destiny To take control of her life and make it what she wants.At first things were working out for her and it seemed she had the life she always longed for We all know that it never happens that way, there is always a snafu, and things do go south for Dolores But you know what, it just raises her higher She finally finds herself and makes peace with her past.There is no need for you to have experienced all the hurt, heartache and tragedy as Dolores to empathize with her, all you have to be is a woman The most remarkable aspect of the book is that it was not written by a woman The very first time I read the book I kept checking the cover to make sure it was a man that was writing it Some how, and I am not sure how, Wally Lamb has totally tapped into how it feels to be a teenage girl, an abused girl, a girl coming into a woman, a woman having her heart broken for the first time by the man of her dreams, and a woman making it on her own after all of these things.Truly an incredible book Buy it for all the women in your life. 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 YearsMeet Dolores Price She S , 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 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 Chance Before She Really Goes Under I have to wonder if any of Lamb s children were teenage girls while he was writing this novel If not, then I m sure his wife had her brain picked apart to help him write this novel Why Lamb so captures the teenage girl spirit in this book or at least the spirit of a crushed and ruined teenage girl that it s hard to believe this wasn t written by a woman.Delores s story is moving and has something we can all relate to, especially those of us who have ever gone through a trauma or depression But one thing that s different about Delores is that you can t pity her She doesn t want that, and Lamb has not written her that way At times you find yourself wanting to scream at her to wake up and do something With the exception of Delores s college companions most all the other characters she encounters are fully developed and interesting They all appear in Delores s life for a reason, enriching her and teaching her a lesson, though not always a lesson Delores learns from.I don t feel that this is a book that I can criticize this book as much as I should She s Come Undone is for anyone struggling in their life In a way it will help you realize that you re not alone, other people have been through shit too, and you can overcome it and be stronger in the end And even if you haven t been through anything difficult which I find hard to believe you should still read this book, because it s still a really good book.And now, I m going to end this because I have forgotten what else I want to say I suppose I ve said enough though, and I hope you will read this book if you haven t or tell me what you thought if you have. You can skip this one If you get the talking book version on cds, you can skip it across the surface of the nearest large body of water you can find, until it sinks As it sinks you might hear a voice sounding like Oprah saying this is the beautiful, unconventional and ultimately life glug affirming glug story of a woman glug glug who endures glug glerg every tribulation glag glag which Wally Lamb could think glug of having studied daytime gluuuurgggg soaps for a yearglggrape.ggggg.self harmgggmental hospital.ggg until finally, all that can be heard is the tweeting of an odd looking bird in a nearby bush Its curiously unmusical trill sounds likeyoufellforthehypeagain youfellforthehypeagain youfellforthehypeagain Let me put it this way if this book were wine, it wouldn t even be Boone s Farm Nuff said. I m amazed by how many people hated this book I had mixed feelings about it Yes, the characters and situations were godawful, and at times it was than a little contrived A lot of people on this forum said it was hard to believe that so many horrible things could happen to one person that I don t think is true I have known people who have had that many horrible things happen to them But some of the situations were pretty far fetched But I remember finding this book utterly fascinating and being unable to put it down I m not even sure why it was such a horrifying book, but I guess it had a train wreck quality to it I still remember this book so well even though I read it years ago Even though I didn t relate to it personally that much, something about that book just stayed with me long after I read it. I really didn t like this book It was recommended to me as an example of a man that could write with a womens voice Nope I didn t buy it I also didn t buy his understanding of growing up as a fat girl So Poo on you Mr Lamb Here is a review by someone named Colin who I don t know but I completely agree with Yes I hated this book I read it about ten years ago, and it pissed me off To this day I refer to it as that goddamn whale book What repelled me then is that the main character, a fat girl, bonds with a real fucking whale and it s supposed to be Deep and Meaningful Yes, Mr Whale I am a fat girl I, too, am a whale We understand one another Please Try harder, Wally Also, the fat girl hates herself so has a creepily awkward lesbian hookup with a janitor and subsequently kills said janitor s fish I read that part as weird homophobic classist shit, at least back then, and that s the impression that will stand, because I m never reading it again.I don t know why everyone was beside themselves about Lamb as a man writing a female POV, either Who fucken cares How come no one makes a huge fuss like that when a woman writes a male POV This book is so annoying Argh Thank you Colin, well said. Yes I hated this book I read it about ten years ago, and it pissed me off To this day I refer to it as that goddamn whale book What repelled me then is that the main character, a fat girl, bonds with a real fucking whale and it s supposed to be Deep and Meaningful Yes, Mr Whale I am a fat girl I, too, am a whale We understand one another Please Try harder, Wally Also, the fat girl hates herself so has a creepily awkward lesbian hookup with a janitor and subsequently kills said janitor s fish I read that part as weird homophobic classist shit, at least back then, and that s the impression that will stand, because I m never reading it again I don t know why everyone was beside themselves about Lamb as a man writing a female POV, either Who fucken cares How come no one makes a huge fuss like that when a woman writes a male POV This book is so annoying Argh. This book sucked A What the hell does a MAN know about writing about a fat girl s life NOTHING Thus making whole book wrong B Obviously didn t research anything about the main character, places her in situations she would NOT be in at the weight prescribed What did he actually ASK WOMEN what they weigh Guess what moron, they LIE A 200lb woman can still fit in a car, loser I could go on forever The only reason I even read this book was because I forgot a book on an airplane and was offered this When choosing between reading ANYTHING and watching yet ANOTHER Julie Roberts movie in flight, I will chose the book I should ve watched the stupid movie I want those precious moments of my life back The only reason I will give this one star is because it has accomplished the act of being shaped like a book.