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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
Not the sort of book I usually pick up, but I remembered it being a big deal when I was a kid (and much too young to read such an adult book) so I gave it a try. "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" is the sad, sad tale of Theresa Dunn, a school teacher by day and a messed-up promiscuous single woman at night. We follow Theresa from her tragic childhood through her numbing adolescence to her disturbing, pathetic, soulless adulthood. Somewhere along the way, Theresa lost the ability to care about herself, to feel love, to find genuine peace. Through it all, you keep hoping she'll figure it out and start doing the right thing. I generally don't finish reading books about self-destructive characters because I don't care what happens to characters who make poor choices but Theresa's story held onto me. An interesting parable about the rotten fruit born of the free love and drugs movement of the 60's and 70's. Some similar themes to the film, "The Ice Storm." Sad, compelling, and memorable. Worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
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A blast from the past. I had read this book many years ago and recently re-read it before passing the book on to a friend (who also thought it was a good book). A classic must-read
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on March 13, 2014
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I read this book many years ago when it first came out and I decided to read it again. I was lucky to find it in great condition.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
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She said that I needed to read it as I was going through my own life's challenges. My Aunt told me I would learn much from that character of the book. I know from expericence that the book is usually better than the movie and in this case it is.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
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I started reading this after finding it on a friend's bookshelf. I knew it was garbage from the beginning- salacious summer reading material with a twist of violence thrown in. But all in all it's just kind of outdated slut shaming and was difficult to relate to. I did read it with fervor till the end, but I also kind of wished I had never picked it up in the first place.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
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I knew the book was old I have allergies and the book did have a smell to but the book other wise is in good shape
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