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3.0 out of 5 stars An Only reviewing a book on Onlies...., July 3, 2007
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I am an only child myself, and have an only child daughter. I bought this book as the begining my introspection into my own experience as an only child.

Let me say this-- this book will relate to only children very well except for the following points:
1) The majority authors appear to be native (born/raised/etc.) New Yorkers. I feel there was a lack of variety in writing experience from other parts of the country.
2) I had a hard time relating to growing up in NYC stories- appartments, flats etc. I'm a midwestern girl who had space (luckily).
3)Nearly all the authors went to shrinks and therapists at some time in their life to deal with their parents.
4) All of them had traumatic dating experiences on par with the best soap operas.

I feel that people from sibling households who read this will think we Onlies are a bunch of whiney, wet-noodle loosers who are weak.

As I said, I am an only and while I can identify with the writers (and some are very dry, amusing and occasionally bitter) I cannot say that I regret my only status at all. Sure, life has rough spots for anyone, but the way I was raised- I turned out O.K., traveled extensively from where I'm born, didn't need a therapist and I have a great husband and friends.

We are not melodramatic, spoiled people.

It's light reading, but I wish the editors had solicited essay from a wider cadre of Onlies- like non-professional writers from across the country.

I give the book a 3 1/2 really...

Kathy Cail
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2010 1:47:04 PM PDT
Susie Rose says:
Thank you. As someone who is raising an only in the Midwest (not NY), I appreciate your review!

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 2:26:42 PM PDT
As someone raising an only child in the Midwest as well, I appreciate your review! And your thoughts/insights on being an only! Thanks!

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 11:44:46 AM PDT
A. Seshadri says:
Do you recommend any book that I can look up and use to raise my only child. I was raised with siblings - so just checking if you found any useful. Thanks
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