A disjointed story line and unlikable characters made this a difficult read I really wanted to love it because I ve read so many other reviews from readers that thought it was fantastic But reading
A disjointed story line and unlikable characters made this a difficult read. I really wanted to love it because I've read so many other reviews from readers that thought it was fantastic. But reading is subjective and it's obvious that everyone's idea of fantastic varies greatly.Let me back up and correct my statement that the characters were unlikable. As written, they were likable enough, but they were boring. I don't know about you, but I can find boring any day of the week in aisle 5 at Wal-mart on sale for 50% off (actually, I can't. Have you seen the People of Wal-mart?). I don't need it in a book.In the main character, Frances, Liza Palmer has created a pathetic woman. Recently dumped by her boyfriend, who happens to work at the same school as she does, she wishes she were more like Emma, the new principal. Liza's best friend and co-worker, Jill, is obsessed with having a perfect marriage and finding Liza a new boyfriend. East coast transplant Lisa is just out for a good time. After the three witness a horrific crime, I'd love to tell you they have some big revelation, but the truth is, they don't. The author wants you to believe they do, but really, yeah, no.The cover and the blurb on the back of the book also leads readers to believe the three women are given equal story lines. The reality is Liza is the main character and Jill and Lisa are satellite characters, which is a shame, because both seem much more interesting than Liza. Honestly, I couldn't figure out what the author wanted this book to be. Was it about women learning something new about themselves or was it a romance? Could it be both, sure, but if you can only do one thing well, then do one thing well. Don't do two mediocre things.The best More Like Her Creat Liza Palmer am Book A brilliant, hilarious, and touching story from the author of Conversations with the Fat Girl, Liza Palmer s More Like Her is smart, funny, though provoking women s fiction in the vein of Emily Giffin, Marian Keyes, Meg Cabot, and Jane Green More Like Her is the story of a seemingly perfect woman who s the envy of her friends, neighbors, and co workers until the life of tA brilliant, hilarious, and touching story from the author of Conversations with the Fat Girl, Liza Palmer s More Like Her is smart, funny, though provoking women s fiction in the vein of Emily Giffin, Marian Keyes, Meg Cabot, and Jane Green More Like Her is the story of a seemingly perfect woman who s the envy of her friends, neighbors, and co workers until the life of the object of their jealousy spectacularly, unexpectedly, and disastrously explodes A novel of secrets, disappointments, false impressions and what really goes on behind those suburban picket fences More Like Her is ultimately about facing reality and appreciating everything that life has to offer.. Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl , which has been optioned for series by HBO Library Journal said Palmer s blend of humor and sadness is realistic and gripping, After earning two Emmy nominations writing for the first season of VH1 s Pop Up Video, she now knows far too much about Fergie.Palmer s fifth novel, Nowhere but Home, is about a failed chef who decides to make last meals for the condemned in Texas Nowhere but Home won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction in 2013 Liza s seventh novel, The F Word, is due out through Flatiron Books April 25, 2017 Liza lives in Los Angeles and when she s not drinking tea and talking about The Great British Bake Off, she works at BuzzFeed.. Popular Ebook More Like Her Rating: 4.5 StarsI didn't expect More Like Her to wind up being my favorite Liza Palmer novel, but it is - it most definitely is. Both romantic and horrific, comforting and shocking, this isn't the warm story of Nowhere But Home or the amusing tale of Seeking Me Naked. Instead, it's much rawer, realer, and makes truly worthy statements about self-esteem and society. Just...impeccable. Frances is a guidance counselor at the prestigious Markham School, vying for a promotion alongside her best friend, Jill. Where Jill is in a steady relationship, however, Frances is recently single--yet again--and is eager to prove herself to the new headmistress, Emma. From the outside, Emma is everything Frances aspires to be--sophisticated, intelligent, and successful. When a bullying incident brings her closer to the headmistress, however, Frances discovers that behind the veneer of perfection, Emma is hurting, broken, and doubtful. With time, Frances and Emma only grow closer, on the cusp of an unbreakable friendship, when tragedy strikes.From the surface, More Like Her seems to be nothing more than the far-too-often-retold tale of an unlucky woman who, when it comes to romance, never seems to get it right. In reality, though, this is merely a skin-deep perception of this novel. Palmer writes friendships--relationships, really--with such a careful, nuanced construction that we learn to understand them completely. From the perceptions our friends have of us to the minute details which comprise a tight friendship, Palmer presents the relationships between Frances and Jill, Frances and Lisa (another co-worker of hers who becomes a close friend), and most importantly, Frances and Emma with complexity and depth. Every one of these four women are real, filled with their insecurities and flaws, which makes them come alive on the page, their hearts suddenly stuck in our throats as Palmer unapologetically forces us to feel every emotion throughout this narrative. What's more, More Like Her is the type of novel whose pages we turn to a close but whose story lingers in our minds for days to come. You see, Emma's husband--all part of the veneer of her "perfect" life--brings a gun to a school event one evening and the lives of Frances and her friends are forever changed. Not only does Palmer write about a tragedy of this magnitude with poise and aplomb--particularly as this is not a novel that touches upon gun rights in the least--but she also manages to bring about growth from this event. As Frances is forced to look into her own life, she is made to look past the facades we all live with and accept as part of our lives, just as Emma likely accepted her husband for who he was and refused to see past his "calm" and "normal" exterior. It was Emma's own lack of self-worth that enabled her to keep living with a man who couldn't appreciate her value or give her the freedom to pursue the passions she wished and following the events of this tragedy, Frances--a single woman who may-or-may-not be falling in love--is forced to come to terms with her own self-worth. Whether or not she needs a man to keep her happy. Whether she truly sees herself as she is or simply sees a construct built by society that makes us view ourselves as inferior. It's a fascinating breakdown of our psyche and, what's more, Palmer observes this with each and every one of Frances friends, from her lover to her best friend Jill who seems to have everything put together in her life, particularly her love life. More Like Her, for all the serious subject matter it touches upon, is compulsively readable and, for the most part, a fairly light read as well. Moreover, the friendships within these pages will touch your heart, the romance will make you swoon (and smile and sigh and dream and cause butterflies to flutter in your stomach and your breath to catch and all of that), and most importantly, the characters will nearly (but not actually) outstay their welcome in your heart. It seems like the most innocent, unassuming of stories but--trust me--it'll change your life, at least a little. For me, there's no greater admission than the fact that words can change lives, but Palmer's have changed mine; irrevocably.