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Was She Pretty? Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 31, 2006
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That's what this book is like.
Was She Pretty? deals with the insecurities all current boy/girlfriends feel about the ones who came before them. Even if the relationship is long gone, there's something about the fact that the person you're with has a past that was separate from you that's somehow intriguing, and most of us are more than a little curious about who came first.
The book is an illustrated story with short vignettes about couples, their exes, and the details that remain to plague the current flame. One woman has an emergency at her boyfriend's house and finds (to both her horror and delight) a half-empty box of tampons. There is the man who will never let his current girlfriend answer the phone in his apartment, and you can just tell she thinks it's because of the ex. These tales are all short, a few lines at the most, but tell a story in just a few sentences. They are further illustrated with the author's drawings to develop the point.
I recently read, and enjoyed, Audrey Niffenegger's illustrated novel The Adventuress. It's the closest thing I could liken to Was She Pretty?, though even that comparison is a stretch. Was She Pretty? is an interesting book and will take no time at all to read. If you've been that guy or girl, the distrustful or openly curious one who can't just let the past be the past (and I think we all have at some point or another), it's worth it to see someone put those feelings into words and then illustrate them so candidly.
Probably too short for many, but a nice jaunt through a prickly subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a charming read. Perfect conversation starter to leave out on your coffee table, etc. Pretty little book!Published 20 months ago by SRooks
I ordered this book after seeing a clever slide show of drawings by Leanne Shapton in the New York Times. "Was She Pretty" did not satisfy my desire for more. Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by clutchcab
I thought that book was cute but lacking in content; the abundance of illustrations and one paragraph entries was a little off-putting and I was expecting something a bit more... Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by Jaye