• Girl with Glasses

  • My Optic History
  • By: Marissa Walsh
  • Narrated by: Margie Lenhart
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-15-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 (621 ratings)

Regular price: $6.95

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Editorial Reviews

In her humorous memoir, Marissa Walsh uses the history of her eyesight and eye apparel as a lens (no pun intended) into her life. Listeners of a certain age will relate to her adolescence spent watching Nickelodeon, reading Judy Blume, and listening to Prince. Even as a GWG ("girl with glasses"), Walsh has a sharp eye for detail and a 20/20 memory that can still dredge up comic scenes from her past.
Margie Lenhart's winsome performance adds another layer of charm to Walsh's prose. Though the trials and tribulations of having poor vision might not compare to growing up in a war zone or an orphanage, this book's universal and timeless themes of teenage identity formation transcend its superficial focus.
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Publisher's Summary

Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate. As she recounts her optic history through the lenses of each pair of glasses - from the Sergio Valentes and the Sally Jessy Raphaels to the pseudo John Lennons and the dreaded health plan specs - at last she found them...the perfect pair. Marissa's comic look at a life behind glass is at once a poignant personal journey and a wry, canny exploration of just what it means to be a glasses-wearing kind of girl. Peppered with pop culture references and complete with appendixes of resources, classic GWG moments, and helpful tips on finding the right frames for your face, Girl with Glasses will give you reason to commiserate with your shortsighted sisters and celebrate your less-than-perfect vision.
©2006 Marissa Walsh (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By CG on 04-09-14

I could not finish!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

better distinction between the chapters or sections. I didn't know where one ended and the next began

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I could get past the first 30 minutes

What didn’t you like about Margie Lenhart’s performance?

She was reading to fast. I couldn't tell where a paragraph ended and the next one began! Everything was strung together like a giant stream of conciousness.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Abigail Wentz on 05-30-15

This was awful!

This book was terrible! There was zero direction. It's like starting 30 or 40 books and never finishing them! There was no connection between chapters, no flow. This is probably one of the only books I have ever considered putting down and NEVER picking back up again.

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