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Reinventing the Woman: A Novel Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x920facc0) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920ff78c) out of 5 stars Right on and Right on Time! 5 Feb. 2001
By Keisha Wright - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read some of those other reviews where some people weren't satisfied, and it is unreal. Why are we ashamed of a character like Camille when there are women out here like her? She has low self-esteem, she makes some courageous decisions, and she starts to get her stuff together. No, this book isn't like Somethin' Extra. Camille isn't tough and foul-mouthed like Genie. But I get what Ms. Rice was doing here. The reinventing rules are motivational and the story had me in tears because on the real, every woman out here is not cussing men out and being tough. Truth be told, some of us have been a fool for love sometimes. This book did wonders for me and showed me that you don't have to stay with the same bad man out of fear. You can set your own goals and play by your own rules. Thank you, Patty Rice. I bet you are helping women all over the country with this fine book that speaks to the heart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920ff7e0) out of 5 stars Good Message- Lots of Potential- But Disappointing Overall 22 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book had a lot of potential, but lacked overall direction and focus. The overall message was a good one, however the characters were not explored in enough detail. You are never quite sure exactly what drives the character's motivations. Camille lacked self-esteem because of the treatment she received from her mother as a child. When Camille returns home she begins to uncover and deal with the root of her pain, which allowed her to endure the abuse she suffered at the hands of her boyfriend for seven years. Yet- throughout the novel- you are never really certain if Camille understands herself. Camille never fully evolves and realizes her own self worth. I was left at the end with the feeling that she was just as mixed up in the end as she was in the beginning. In addition the ending of the novel justs drops off. After 300 some odd pages the reader is left with a twisted and rushed ending. It was like a bad movie. I literally wanted to throw the book down. I had to go back and read it again to even understand the ending. What a disappointing and lightly threaded ending. I understand that Rice was trying to add an innovative twist, but in attempting to do so she left this reader extremely frustrated. This novel had so much potential. There is a good messages throughout, but the novel never quite makes it there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928ea81c) out of 5 stars Don't expect too much 10 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
OK I know this is fiction, and this was a fairly good book, but it left me wanting more and with a lot of unanswered questions. It read like a soap opera towards the end which felt abrubt to me. Some of the characters seemed to "perfect" - especially Greg. Overall I would recommend it as a good read, but don't expect to come out of it feeling empowered by the main character. The story was just not developed enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928bb57c) out of 5 stars Hooked till 5:00 in the morning 2 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just received this book last weekend from a family friend for my birthday. Normally, I can read a book I'm interested in in a few hours, but I've been trying something new lately, and that's to take my time with it. All that went out the window with this story. Granted, I did start out reading bit by bit, but this past Friday night, it was out the window. I was laying in bed turning pages continuously, occasionally glancing up to see the time. Imagine my shock when I closed the book the final time to notice that the clock said 5:04 a.m.!
But that's the type of story this is. I was hooked and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I'll try not to give away the story, but it starts out with a young woman leaving her abusive live-in love of several years, and going back home. Along the way to finding herself again, she meets many new people, and learns many shocking secrets about her family and herself, though perhaps the most shocking one of all she never learns. Definitely a page-turner in every sense of the word. I've already told my mother and the family friend who gave me this that they must read it. Can't wait to see what else Ms. Patty Rice has for me to read. You'll love it!!! :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92101dec) out of 5 stars Left me wanting more 18 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Reinventing The Woman was really a great read. Like others wrote, I also couldn't put the book down, but it was more because I wanted to see the conclusion of the whole matter rather than because it kept me engrossed. Don't get me wrong, the book was great, the characters were real and I really got into it, but the end just left too many unaswered questions. Maybe Ms. Rice was leaving room for a sequal.
The book started with the heroin leaving her abusive boyfriend of seven years and returning to her home and her older sister. She was never really close to her family and so returning home was a desparate last resort. Her mother who she hates and vowed never to see again comes to visit when she hears that Camille (the heroin) is there. Now here is where I feel some progress could have been made. Although I won't give away the plot, it just seems that maybe Ms. Rice could have concentrated more on the relationship between Camille and her mother.
I don't know, the book just didn't leave me satisfied although while I was reading, I did enjoy it. Try it for yourself!!
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