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Chanel Bonfire

A Memoir
Lawless, Wendy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Chanel Bonfire


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"Wendy Lawless' stunning memoir of resilience in the face of an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother"--
Authors: Lawless, Wendy
Statement of Responsibility: Wendy Lawless
Title: Chanel bonfire
a memoir
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2013
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm.
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Report This Aug 08, 2013
  • Charity86 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I agree with the other comments here. It's a beautifully written book but it was difficult for me to empathize with the main character's life of privilege and unsympathetic hatred of her mother. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read!

Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • parviflorum rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Good sensational read. Narrator voice had a tendency to read as being a bit shallow at times.

Report This Jun 27, 2013
  • ParnassusReads rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

In a sentence, this book is shallow and vapid and the prose is insipid and full of glib cliches (at one point, she compares working as a stage hand changing sets to clocking in on a slave ship and rowing for twelve hours. Really?). If you're a fan of Gossip Girl (books or show), then this is the adult version and just for you (some of the scenes read as if she's just waiting for the movie deal to come in). I do not discount or discredit the author's experiences; however, as a writer, the author completely fails to create any sort of emotional connection to the reader and even to the events she describes in the book. It'll be perfect for the beach reads set.

Forget what you know about dysfunctional family stories: this one is Mommy Dearest meets Valley of the Dolls meets Dark Shadows meets Gossip Girl

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