The list author says: "my poor memory has compelled me to create these lists so i can remember what the hell ive been reading. i like writing my immediate impressions so when i look over the list at the end of the year, i'm all oh those were the good times, eh.
"i so did not want to read this. why did i buy it? looks depressing as all hell. and well it is. esp reading it in jan. in the snowpocalypse. but i stayed up reading til 2am last night. overall it's poignantly compelling, at the same time horrifying."
"dude i can't believe my moms read this book! i was into from page one but there is some sick bizness in there once you get to the mystery solved part. always can tell its a good book if i find myself staying up til 2am to find a stopping point."
"best book in 2000--i'm late in reading but so glad i did. friend recommended it to me...i was dubious, i didn't think the story of a teenage girl would be interesting. however, mary karr is hilarious. Her colorful writing makes the story come alive."
"friend swore this was a good book--not something i normally would pick up. it was so fascinating to read about the last great explorers of 20th c. whole time i was hungry & itchy--you'll see what i mean if you read it. didn't like the ending but it's real life, not fiction."
"just meh overall, maybe if i thought it was a true story i'd have felt differently. however, i liked the parts where he talked about how much he hated himself and how he thought he was such a horrible person. it's the secret negative voice in our heads we just want to shut up."