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What would have made Chanel Bonfire better?
Unless the reader is interested in all tales of abusive childhoods and alcoholic parents, or has no knowledge of what torment can occur within a family; I doubt this will be found anything special.
This is nothing you wouldn't hear in an A.A meeting, or from a friend. The author's mother was beautiful, but that, and the title seem to be a marketing ploy to make an otherwise unremarkable book sound unique.
Sadly, stories like this abound. To make a lasting mark, in my opinion the author needs to intuitively add insights, wisdom, and have almost a poetic sensibility. Hearing "I felt sad" "I felt guilty" isn't evocative when it's used almost solely to describe emotion.
Overall this was a collection of events told so dispassionately, I felt as if I'd tuned into a radio interview I'd have on in the background only until the dishes were finished.
Has Chanel Bonfire turned you off from other books in this genre?
What didn’t you like about Wendy Lawless’s performance?
It was like listening to an average student reading a High School essay aloud.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, and of course a generalized, detached sadness that anyone has to go through this, including her mother,who, while obviously unfit to be a mother, was mentally unwell, and had suffered abuse herself. She wasn't having any fun either.
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