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I wish I had a Memory Eraser
on September 25, 2006
...so I can forget I read this book. Look, I read Kenney's "Zine" back in high school, riot grrrl, Sassy, rah rah rah. Even back then I thought she was rather over-hyped. I check out her Platforms book about the 70s, a rather throway book suitable for bathroom flip-paging and often found in bargain tables in small college towns cross America. I read the Exes and I honestly just remember reading it and thinking the whole time "This is it?". I remember it as too short and not worth my time. I check out her recent work on Livingstone (sp?) and couldn't get past the first EIGHTEEN pages. I flipped through her Hipster guide in a bookstore and couldn't even bother to read a chapter. So WHY do I keep trying to read her? People like her SO much. She is supposed to be a voice of my generation. It looked interesting enough. But by the first twenty pages, I regretted trying her again. Yes, I read the book in one sitting-b/c I just wante dto say I read a whole book by her. Her characters are simply not fleshed out at all, stereo-typical, trite, she cannot write dialogue, and their transformations are unbelievable. Her plot lines are thin and you can see what is going to happen chapters in advance. The pacing of the "plot" rushes then gets theoritical. The narrator is supposed to be a male academic genius-and I never once like him nor believe him what-so-ever. I give stars for the IDEA of this book-a pill that puts you back in the body of your memory self, very intense, very Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in reverse. In better hands, this could work. But her writing is so choppy and overly descriptive and thin, I just cannot in good faith recommend this book.