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This One is Mine- Maria Semple



Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette was a fabulous read so I had high hopes for This One is Mine but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. I found it difficult to relate to or like any of the characters which includes Violet Parry, a wealthy yet self-pitying, former successful TV writer and husband David, a music industry mogul, who has an anger problem and mocks Violet at every turn. His pet name for her used to be “Ultra Violet” but she’s a watered down version of her former magnetic self. And then there’s David’s younger sister, Sally who is the least favorable character. Sally is a former ballet dancer who’s only dream now is to land a rich and famous husband. When she meets Jeremy, an up and coming sports announcer, she convinces herself and Jeremy that they’re in love and should be married…immediately. She’s so self-absorbed that she doesn’t realize that he has Autism.

One day while spending money on frivolous things, Violet meets a scruffy, starving artist named Teddy who openly admits to having a former drug problem and hepatitis C. Instead of steering clear of him, Violet chases him like Pepe  Le Pew, the French skunk from Looney Tunes. It’s obvious to everyone but Violet that her feelings are one-sided. Toward the end of the novel she realizes how wrong she was about Teddy. “Do you realize what you’ve done to me? I grind out my days with husband and child, but by night, I’m yours. I’m yours but you don’t want me. Thanks to you, I’m a ghost, drifting through life, craving something I’ll never taste again” (174). I wanted to shake sense into Violet and scream at her- “If you’re bored, why not do something useful like write a novel? Or volunteer somewhere? Or spend time with your daughter? Or travel? Why obsess over a man with more problems than you have?!”

On a positive note, This One is Mine is well-written and held my interest but I would recommend Where’d You Go, Bernadette before this one.





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  1. At first I thought this was a cookbook about truffles that someone is really protective over, or something.

    At any rate, now I want a cookie.
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