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PostSubject: "The Last Time I Was Me" by Cathy Lamb   Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:20 pm

A friend of mine lent me this book a few weeks ago, calling it "a very nice novel". In fact, it is one of the most uplifting novels I've read in a while.

In the beginning, I thought it was one of these typical chicklit novels, with a female protagonist who has just abandoned her cheating boyfriend. However, it is much more. Because of the way in which she left him (the incident involved a hot-melt gun and a condom), she has to take part in a couple of anti-aggression therapy sessions together with a colourful group of people.

During these sessions, we get to know not only her, but each of the members of the group. The protagonist / narrator manages to actually let the reader see every single person without judging any of them. For someone like me, who tends to be a little judgmental, this was challenging and oddly satisfactory at the same time.

In the end, the message is that sometimes, when life really, really sucks, aggression is a natural part of the solution, but it mustn't lead to permanent resentment.

I loved the book, and recommend it to anyone, but to women especially Wink

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PostSubject: Re: "The Last Time I Was Me" by Cathy Lamb   Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:22 am

A hot-melt gun and a condom...nope, not curious. Sounds too painful. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: "The Last Time I Was Me" by Cathy Lamb   Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:48 am

Thanks for the review, Laura. It seems like something I'd enjoy, but that would be uplifting to someone struggling with pressure and ways of dealing.
Has anyone got an opinion on "If I Stay"? I've heard lauding, but it the summaries I've read seem very cliched and "I'm a world-weary 16 year old filled with angst, etc". If you've had a look at it, please review it.
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PostSubject: Re: "The Last Time I Was Me" by Cathy Lamb   Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:52 am

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A hot-melt gun and a condom...nope, not curious. Sounds too painful. Razz

If it helps: The gun and the condom did not get into direct contact. Very Happy

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