Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life–except that she’s deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return.
When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she’s risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David’s hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.
THIS ONE IS MINE is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more–and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.
This One Is Mine by Maria Semple is a strange but quite entertaining story of two sisters-in-law, Sally and Violet, and their contrasting by equally disastrous lives.
To be honest pretty much all the characters in this novel are very unlikeable. The majority are pretty racist, snobby and overall not at all nice people. I guess this was intentional and it’s quite impressive that Maria Semple actually manages to make me care about them even a tiny bit, considering how horrible they mostly are to each other. I still didn’t feel that the characters were hugely convincing at times, or was overly invested in their lives, but was interested enough to continue reading.
The writing was witty and, I felt, really good, but at times the plot dragged on a bit and I found my attention wandering a little. I think some parts could have been cut down, but then other parts of the novel I found so entertaining and humorous!
Overall I’d say this novel is worth a read and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t feel that it was amazing.
I received a copy of this novel in a Goodreads giveaway in return for an honest review.
[…] This week I finished This One Is Mine by Maria Semple. I won an ARC of this novel in a Goodreads giveaway ages ago but hadn’t got around to reading it until now. I didn’t think it was amazing but it was quite entertaining in parts – read my review here. […]