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Girl Anatomy: A Novel

Girl Anatomy: A Novel
Author: Rebecca Bloom
ISBN 13: 9780060936808
ISBN 10: 60936800
Edition: N/A
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2003-10-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $12.95

The hip and heart–warming story of what it means to be a girl and what it takes to become a woman.

When Lilly's best friend, Maya, gets engaged, the tenuous peace treaty Lilly thought she had finally established with her perennially single self shows itself to be as long–lasting as shoulder pads and frozen yoghurt. Wavering wildly between ecstasy and envy, serial dater and retail–therapy shopper, Lilly vows to get her life together.

While sipping lattes from the Coffee Bean and planning forever with Maya, Lilly embarks on an uproariously comical and strikingly poignant ride of transformation, told through a series of delightfully engaging interior monologues. Travelling the byways of her own past, Lilly learns to be optimistic about her future and relish her new–found 'chic–dom'. In a voice that grows stronger, louder and more articulate than she ever imagined, Lilly ultimately comes to embrace her on–the–verge–of–womanhood status in all its uncertain yet exciting glory.

Depicting the comic adventures of being a grown–up still coming of age, Rebecca Bloom evocatively and enthusiastically reveals tender truths about friendship and true love.

Publishers Weekly

Bloom's debut is an uninspired belated-coming-of-age story in which Lilly, 24, straddles the post-college, early-adult years in L.A. She's an "assistant, assistant, assistant editor" at Chick magazine who is surprised to find envy lurking beneath her joyous facade when she receives news of her best friend's engagement. This provokes her to reexamine her romantic history so far, which consists of college hijinks and some insensitive ex-boyfriends. For a supposedly hip chick, Lilly resorts to outdated adolescent argot ("Do you think I would be able to deal with this scene sober? Not!") and has a "life-altering experience" at the all-girl alternative rock fest Lilith Fair, upon which she expounds for 10 pages. Bloom takes some promising chances, but fails to follow through on the opportunity to say something interesting about single 20-something women and the contemporary social whirl. Her clunky prose doesn't help: she describes the differences between men's relationships and women's relationships with, "There's a language that vaginas speak with a distinct accent that penises just can't nail down." Bloom's style may appeal more to teens (at one point, Lilly parenthetically refers to someone as a "Cheese ball!!"). Those 20-somethings still interested in reading about a party girl who loves shopping, is a little overweight, makes mistakes that she learns to laugh about later and pines over the perfect man who got away may find this a passable supplement to Cosmo. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.