The Man of My Dreams
Random House, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his witty, wry, coming-of-age novel by the author of
follows Hannah Gavener from adolescence as she matures into young womanhood.
hroughout her life, Hannah is plagued by self-doubt and low self-esteem. Her issues with men, her idealized notions of love, and her strained relationship with her father define her perceptions of herself over the years. Hannah does not feel that she can measure up to her sister Allison, her cousin Fig, or her college friends. To Hannah, everyone else is the barometer against which beauty and
n one well-written scene, Hannah says that she could never have a boyfriend, and when the man she is dating asks her why not, she simply replies, '
Because I’m Hannah.
ith snappy dialogue and an authentic voice, Sittenfeld has the capacity to create strong female characters. As in her first book, Sittenfeld has a knack for tapping into raw emotions and common insecurities. Though this light novel is not as strong as
, it is nevertheless a recommended read.
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