Bloom, Rebecca Girl Anatomy: A Novel

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Girl Anatomy: A Novel

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9780060936808: Girl Anatomy: A Novel

The hip and heart–warming story of what it means to be a girl and what it takes to become a woman.

When Lilly's best friend, Maya, gets engaged, the tenuous peace treaty Lilly thought she had finally established with her perennially single self shows itself to be as long–lasting as shoulder pads and frozen yoghurt. Wavering wildly between ecstasy and envy, serial dater and retail–therapy shopper, Lilly vows to get her life together.

While sipping lattes from the Coffee Bean and planning forever with Maya, Lilly embarks on an uproariously comical and strikingly poignant ride of transformation, told through a series of delightfully engaging interior monologues. Travelling the byways of her own past, Lilly learns to be optimistic about her future and relish her new–found 'chic–dom'. In a voice that grows stronger, louder and more articulate than she ever imagined, Lilly ultimately comes to embrace her on–the–verge–of–womanhood status in all its uncertain yet exciting glory.

Depicting the comic adventures of being a grown–up still coming of age, Rebecca Bloom evocatively and enthusiastically reveals tender truths about friendship and true love.

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From the looks of her debut novel, Girl Anatomy, Rebecca Bloom at least seems to have a functioning sense of humor. When her narrator, Lilly, talks about getting over a guy, she describes trying to lose him like a dieter's last five pounds, those ones that "attach to your inner thighs and warble 'Hot Lunch' every time you take a step." Lilly is a twentysomething Los Angeles mess, unable to find love and underappreciated at work. When her best friend gets engaged, Lilly decides it's time to stop whining and pull herself together. The novel follows her as she parties, shops, and smooches her way to self-empowerment. Lilly has a sunny optimism about the perfectibility of human nature that suggests her author is a perfectly lovely person. Unfortunately, her author also happens to write like an illiterate teenager. The book reads as though Bloom kept a personal diary, changed the names, and called it fiction. To wit: "I always have and will love cute boys. Actors usually happen to be cute, and although lately I have moved on to musicians like Jonah, I still have a soft spot in my heart for film stars. John Cusack, are you listening?" She'd better hope not. --Claire Dederer

About the Author:

Rebecca Bloom graduated from Brown University in 1996. From her Los Angeles home, she manages a small jewelry and clothing design business and writes full-time.

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