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Unchained Melanie Paperback – 4 Mar 2002
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There a funny moments in the book, and the characters are likeable even if they seem a little bit flat at times. The plot wasn't especially strong, but I guess that can be expected from a book that isn't too serious. I did feel like some things were left sort of unanswered or ended abruptly with no second thought (don't want to spoil anything though!). It did seem odd that Melanie didn't seem very bothered about her only child going to university, she didn't seem to think about her at all, or even contact her!
Overall though, this is an enjoyable book that is easy to read and quite funny. I would definitely recommend it, it's a great summer holiday read.
She never really was alone, anyway, her vastly annoying mother, her friends intent on matching her with anything in trousers (in particular an ex-teacher who was slime personified), her sad elderly neighbour, her limp ex-husband, all combined to fill almost every waking moment of her life. We never did find out who the culprits were of the burglary, were they caught? And what was the fate of Mrs Jenkins?
However, one of the few laugh out loud moments - the scorched skirt scene - brought tears to my eyes once I realised she hadn't been hurt. If only there could have been more of these "images in the mind" moments.
I wanted to read on and on which I suppose is the ploy!
I would recommend this book for a flight or a beach, or for single girls everywhere.
I also found it very unsympathetic that Melanie was so delighted to see her only child go to university, with no apparent regret or sentimentalism- this just did not ring true!Nevertheless, it's not all bad. Astley's style remains engaging, and she has many positive points to make about women living alone- I just wish she had encapsulated tham in a more riveting and personable story.
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