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Sparkle (Kindle Single) by [Altman, Mara]
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Length: 38 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The tradition of giving a diamond solitaire engagement ring has long been the ultimate statement of love and romance, but no sooner does newly engaged Mara Altman set her sights on a unique, inexpensive, and--gasp--muddy brown diamond ring, than she begins to doubt the decision of breaking this custom. If she doesn’t have a diamond ring, are others questioning the strength of her relationship and the depth of her love? In an almost obsessive quest, Altman seeks to discover how and when the tradition of diamond engagement rings began. Her witty insight, thoughtful observations, and self-deprecating humor lend this Kindle Single its unique luster, resulting in a modern look at the meaning behind happily ever after. --Shirley Hong

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  • File Size: 166 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QOA434
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By SB on March 8, 2011
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Made the mistake of downloading this at work... couldn't let it go til I was done.
Loved every word of it - I myself opted for a simpler engagement ring, I never understood the Tiffany craze or why a man should ruin himself on a ring... I prefer putting down money on a house. But that's just me. Or it's me and Mara Altman.
I had read "Thanks for Coming", her novel, before reading this and she never disappoints. Always funny, always witty, always uncomfortably honest.
Great read! I highly recommend it, whether you care about engagement rings or not.
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cute! this was my first kindle single and it definitely didn't disappoint. Maya Altman is outrightly honest, funny and slightly flamboyan in her descriptions but also does a very good job summing up the background and tradition embedded in engagement rings. I personally liked this because I recently researched the high cost of engagement rings out of interest and found her discussion around this topic honest, funny and a good, quick read. I think I will definitely read more Kindle singles based on this experience... more expensive but definitely gives you a great feeling of accomplishment after reading through something quickly :)
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This story was wonderful! I was reading it through tears of laughter the whole time. It was heart-felt and honest, and I very much appreciate knowing the fact that I am not the only 20-something year old out there with some doubt and wonder on this subject. This story may not please some hard core newly engaged fanatics but it was just what I needed for an afternoon read! <3 Loved it!
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The author is very crass and tries way too hard (and unsuccessfully) to be "quirky." The content of the book was not very interesting, and only contained info which I believe is pretty common knowledge these days. On the plus side, I will never be able to look at a three stone ring again without laughing.
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Sparkle is a Kindle Single, I downloaded it one night when i could sleep and even though its short to begin with I was surprised that I read the whole thing. It is witty and funny and cleverly written by Mara Altman.
This is a Non-fiction read where Mara tells us about her Boyfriend and now fiance and how it all came about. It started with a simple basic boring ring, a ring most women would look at and say "are you serious?!". However, Mara was always confidant that she did not want to get married so now that the non issue has suddenly become an issue because of this simple basic ring. Mara Dives into exploring learning and researching why women want/need/get diamond engagements rings and what it means to the men that give them and the women that receive them
Naturally I found this "Kindle Single" to be quite interesting because I also just got engaged. I thought Mara's thoughts and opinions through out the book were quite hilarious and a few times I had to shush myself from laughing to hard and waking up my fiance next to me.
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I quite liked this short read that struck the right balance between personal anecdote and researched information, and also the right balance of humor, so that funny lines were unexpected and never felt forced (loved the "carat of unobtainium"). I think the author speaks intelligently within the small window of engagement rings about how complicated it can be to be a woman of her generation and my generation (ahem, I'm older than she is), and how the smallest decisions--particularly about getting married--drip with heavy ramifications about our "feminism." We have decisions that our mothers didn't have, and that is both a freedom and a burden.
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This is the first kindle single I've ever read and I very much enjoyed it. Altman is a great writer with a fantastic sense of humor. This was well worth $2.99. My only complaint is a wish it was longer cause the writing was so good I felt like it ended too soon!
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...in terms of worth that is. It's hard to rate a Kindle Single. You can't use quite the same rubric that you would for a book or for a movie. I feel like the asking price is worth half a magazine, and if I bought a magazine with two such good articles, I'd consider it money well spent.

"Sparkle" is a fun, quick, light hearted read. Altman tells her story as if you were friends sharing updates over a coffee. It's not particularly well written, and the prose won't win any awards, but if you're looking for a personal account of the engagement ring process (and it is a process), "Sparkle" is worth both your time and money.
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