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Story of My Life [Paperback]

Jay Mcinerney
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Our Lives Dec 24 2000
I think this is an underappreciated jewel in McInerny's collection. In the novel, he has perfectly captured the lifestyle of the wild and crazy party girls of the late '80's. This book resonated so strongly with me and my friends that the language became part of our personal lingo (this is where I heard "yada yada yada" for the first time, years before it was on Seinfeld). Very enjoyable and humorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of all time April 29 2000
This novel inspired me to write (a similar) one of my own. I still can't believe it was written by a man and not by one of my girlfriends. I feel as if I've met the main character a million times on the LA club circuit. I can totally relate to this book-- for someone who can't, however, this book is still recommended, as it puts forth an extremely honest and accurate rendition of a young, beautiful and wild girl's life in the city. It is also very witty and HILARIOUS, as well as thought provoking (i.e. the "chain of pain" theory.) There are two other books by this author that are similar to this one, specifically "Bright lights Big City" and "Model behavior", however neither one is as compelling in my opinion--perhaps because their protagonists are male and I can't relate as well. The author does, however, have a wonderful talent for bringing his characters to life and making you symathize with them even though they all have incredibly prominent faults. This quality alone makes his novels worth the price and time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, entertaining, and yet not shallow... Oct. 24 2000
I recall reading McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" due to all then hype around it, and hating it. The main tragi-stupid, silly and self-destructive character simply got more on my nerves with every page. Thus, when one day, for some reason while listening to the radio I heard a review of this book, I was somewhat doubtful, yet decided to check it out. What followed was total inability to put the book down until I finished it, cover to cover. It is very readable. It's jazzy rhythm, with hilarious fast-paced passages interrupted by a more introspective brief slow adagio, is simply brilliant. Witnessing an intelligent person that struggles to defeat her capacity for introspection while entertaining us with the wittiest insights and wordplay is captivating. It does not have the pretense to be a masterpiece, and yet I find it one of the best books I have ever read. Bravo, Jay McInerney.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An over the top party girl April 20 2001
If this were a story of a party girl without the baggage, I probably would have enjoyed it more. This girl has serious problems. Maybe they are family caused as the book tries to allude or maybe it's the easy money which suddenly starts to dry up. Irrespective, this girl is so self-destructive that at some point it gets pathetic. But at least the book is consistent as virtually every other single girl in the book has self-destructive qualities. I'm somewhat surprised that a Women's Lib group didn't have problems with this book on that pretext.
Irrespective, I did enjoy the book visualizing the single life in New York in the 80s. Read this book if you want to know what the party scene in New York is like for a spoiled self-absorbed princess. If not, take a pass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where can I get more? July 18 1998
Right now I am moving on to my third McInerney book and I'm loving each one more and more. In a span of two days I read both Bright Lights, Big City and The Story of My Life, and they were both excellent. As another reader said McInerney makes us feel more like the woman could then some women I know. I truly thought his portrayal of Allison was amazing considering his gender. The only problem I had was with the ending. I was expecting a more dramatic closing and was slightly disappointed. Although it did leave me wanting to read more by him. In fact on right this moment I am out the door to purchase Brightness Falls and I am certainly looking forward to his next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you think. March 22 2000
By Brendan
If you are familiar with Jay McInerney's celebrity status you may read this book and think it is a self serving, female bashing rag. I read this book and was going to dismiss it as just that. On the contrary, this is a strong book supporting feminism. Notice the name association of the protagonist to the the classic female traditionalist: Elizabeth "Poole" Sanford- Alison "Poole". Where does the lifestyle of traditionalism get Alison Poole? Read the book. A must read for feminists. It is an illustration of the evils of female traditionalism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read Nov. 15 2001
By A Customer
A lot of attention was paid to McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" but I, and a co-worker (who, unlike myself, doesn't read much and has a short attention span), both really enjoyed this book much more. A nice, light read, and funny.
I thought "Bright Lights, Big City" was just average, but I thought McInerney's "Brightness Falls" was just AWFUL. If you're interested in reading McInerney's work, start with "Story of My Life."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Salinger minus the genius July 31 2001
McInerney writes well, there's no doubt about that. But somehow one gets the feeling that he is trying to be the new Salinger, and falling far short of the mark. The characters are somehow too shallow, dont have any real or even imaginary issues, just drift mindlessly from one orgy to another, and in a few pages at the end they see the light. Good light read for a flight, and far superior to "bestsellers" - thats all I can say.
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