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Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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"Massively entertaining...the writing--expressive, ribald, honest--keeps this hard-core cautionary tale lively, diverting, and fresh." --Elle Magazine
"A funny, sexy memoir of a good girl gone momentarily very bad....Jones writes freshly and perceptively about love, lust and sex. She is starkly (and wittily) honest about her own faults while being generous toward the deeply flawed men in her life....a guilty pleasure" --Kirkus
"[A] very raw, human lesson about vulnerability and growth." --Publishers Weekly
"Brave, horrifying, hilarious, and totally entertaining Jessica Dorfman Jones is nothing like the girl I remember from private school." —Cecily Von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl novels
“Sex, drugs, rock and roll, even love—Klonopin Lunch has it all. Brave, heartbreaking in spots, laugh-out-loud funny in others, Jessica Dorfman Jones's story is a captivating mix of depravity and heart.” —Jancee Dunn, author of Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask
“Klonopin Lunch is every bit as funny and irreverent as the title suggests. Jessica Dorfman Jones’ story of an Upper East Side preppie law school graduate who leaves it all behind for New York’s downtown rock scene is hysterically funny and surgically accurate. It captures every detail of that sadly bygone subculture in all its lurid, cringe-worthy glory. Tom Petty sang about a good girl who loved her mama, and if you want to see what happens when that girl goes full Winehouse, then this is the only book you’ll ever need.” —Dan Bukszpan, author of The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal and The Encyclopedia of New Wave
About the Author
A die-hard native New Yorker, graduate of the Nightingale-Bamford School (she still has the white gloves to prove it), Kenyon College, and Cardozo Law School, Jessica Dorfman Jones started her life in publishing in the publicity department of Simon & Schuster. She continued on, among other jobs, as a literary agent (responsible for bringing Legally Blonde into the world) and book packager. She is the author of The Art of Cheating: A Nasty Little Book for Tricky Little Schemers and Their Hapless Victims, which she is adapting into a feature film. Jessica is currently at work on a novel, as well as a musical titled Friends Like These about the triumphs and trials of female friendships. She is also the cofounder of Glass Elevator Media, a production company based in LA and New York. Jessica lives and works in New York City and her writing is frequently interrupted by her tiny dog Oscar’s loud indignation at not being catered to 24/7.
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It slowly drags on, with little to know 'action' just a lot of inner thoughts. Too many inner thoughts. The voice of the character is not particularly likable. She is actually fairly annoying. Being one not to give up, I actually finished it. Still did not like it. She hurls herself towards an ending that isn't exciting, emotional, and just wraps up too quickly considering how much she invested in sharing this story.
I was just not impressed with this book at all.
Really, Jessica Dorfman seems to have written a story that is in part just rehashing of her own demons over a breakup she couldn't handle. Been there, done that. Reducing her guitar-teacher-turned-lover to some "shallow" musician stereo-type is really uninteresting and also not believable. I'm sure it was disappointing for Ms. Dorfman when her "Gideon" didn't behave according to her whims(as her poor husband did), but really... Why do I care again...? I'd like to see Gideon's version of the experience. I suspect there'd be a lot less self-depreciating humor meant to inspire false sympathy, and a lot more of the real story. Ms. Dorfman is not a terrible writer, but this story is shallow, calculated and deeply unsatisfying.