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More Like Her Paperback – April 17, 2012
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This is sharp, funny, clever and very romantic. The story, about a young woman downsizing her expectations in the wake of a tragedy, might not be new, but Palmer’s handling of it is surprisingly fresh and engaging. (Mirror (London))
The book is a well-plotted examination of domestic violence, chasing unattainable dreams and hiding one’s real self. The dialogue is sparky, the characters engaging and this is by all means a great read. (Daily Mail (London))
“Palmer’s dialogue is reliably natural and funny, and her insights into the way women betray their true selves in search of acceptance are keen and honest.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Palmer takes what could be a standard chick-lit story about finding oneself and adds emotional depth through this shockingly violent act. While Palmer’s characters find happiness and closure by the final page, readers will ponder this surprising story for a good, long time.” (Booklist)
“Palmer brings wit and wisdom to her tale of love, damage and self-acceptance” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
What really goes on behind those perfect white picket fences?
In Frances’s mind, beautiful, successful, ecstatically married Emma Dunham is the height of female perfection. Frances, recently dumped with spectacular drama by her boyfriend, aspires to be just like Emma. So do her close friends and fellow teachers, Lisa and Jill. But Lisa’s too career-focused to find time for a family. And Jill’s recent unexpected pregnancy could have devastating consequences for her less-than-perfect marriage.
Yet sometimes the golden dream you fervently wish for turns out to be not at all what it seems—like Emma’s enviable suburban postcard life, which is about to be brutally cut short by a perfect husband turned killer. And in the shocking aftermath, three devastated friends are going to have to come to terms with their own secrets . . . and somehow learn to move forward after their dream is exposed as a lie.
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This starts as a classic novel about a few girlfriends and failed romance and turns into one of the best contemporary works of fiction I have read in a while. This novel is anything but typical. Ms. Palmer took a boy meets girl story and laced it with shock and tragedy. I knew from the summary there would be death. What I didn't know was how it would come to fruition. It wasn't what I expected. I was as stunned to experience it as the characters in the novel. It caught me off guard, I was genuinely shocked. I love that in a novel.
Frannie, our protagonist, shares her story with us in a voice that is refreshing and honest. A key plot point is her breakup with the perfect Ryan and subsequent blooming romance with architect Sam. This has the perfect funny debacles of romance characteristic of chick-lit. Frannie thinks too much, at times analyzing things to an exasperating level. She relies on her friends for guidance and support, and they give both with wisdom and with comedy. I was especially drawn to Jill, she reminded me of my BFF Roe. Ms. Palmer gives the reader multi-faceted characters. There was more to Frannie than her love life. And it's this other part of her that gets tested, what shines in the face of this disaster. One would think romance and tragedy couldn't coexist in the same story, but they do. And that's the beauty of More Like Her, Ms. Palmer weaves them together organically.Read more ›
I was annoyed by most of the characters. I was mostly annoyed by Frannie's thoughts and things she said. Could she have had any less self esteem if she tried??
The conversations in the book often seemed disjointed and hard to follow.
This book just wasn't my cup of tea.
From the cover, I was expecting a 'chick lit' type of read, but the opening prologue is a 911 call detailing a shooting at the Markham School. We then meet Frannie in the opening chapter. She's a teacher at the Markham School. She's also just come through a nasty breakup with her boyfriend, also a teacher at the school. We're introduced to Jill and Lisa, Frannie's sidekicks. Palmer provides lots of light hearted banter and situations to open the novel. But underneath it all is Frannie's desire to be what's she's not, to have what she doesn't. Just like Emma, the new director of the school, who seems to have it all. Frannie laments..."I'm not the girl men choose."But it turns out that Emma's life is not all that perfect.
Palmer explores lots of areas in More Like Her - bullying, domestic abuse, marriage and self searching. As Frannie puts it - the search for the Real Me.
I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters (although I thought Lisa became a 'bestie' awfully quick) Funnily enough, the character I enjoyed the most was Sam - the object of Frannie's desire. I found Frannie to be a bit exhausting. You might know her - she's the one who has to slice, dice and dissect every last situation and detail, wringing nuance from inflections, tones and glances and discussing them over and over again. I enjoyed Frannie's introspective look at finding her real self, but found myself growing tired of the repetition. I wish there had been more focus on Emma and her situation.
Those looking for a traditional chick lit book won't find it here. But, those looking for a contemporary women's fiction read that explores the green grass on the other side of fence will.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was kind of a weird book. Serious stuff happened and had to be dealt with, but it had a light hearted feel to it as well. It won't be everyone's cup of tea.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
More Like Her started very slowly. Through the first 2 chapters I feared I would put it down and forget about it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pascale Poitras
Well drawn characters, intense story, thought provoking ideas about how we women see ourselves through society's expectations. Great girl power and friendship book!Published 18 months ago by Kerry
This is a fluffy feel-good romance without enough substance to be interesting. The writing itself is decent, though, from a technical perspective.Published 22 months ago by Em
The ending was a tad too abrupt for me. However, overall good story and an enjoyable read.Published on July 3, 2014 by Kristy
This book engaged me incredibly fast. I couldn't put it down! I had to know what happened. This is quite a bit different then her other books but I loved it!Published on January 18, 2014 by JS