Saturday, July 23, 2011
The Art of Forgetting
Marissa becomes a mentor for young, underprivileged girls through a running program. The program teaches them about self-esteem and other empowering topics while they train for a race. Marissa learns as much as the girls do. She is able to take control of her life in a way she never did before Julia's accident. She makes momentous decisions about her career and relationships without needing Julia's opinion for the first time in her adult life.
What I liked about the book: It made me think about my attitude, whether or not I am able to see beyond people's imperfections and love them for who they are. Marissa realizes that thinking about her former boyfriend in the rosy light of memory is unrealistic and damaging to her current relationship. Marissa also learns to love herself with all her imperfections and to forgive herself. I liked seeing Marissa change and become a more confident person.
What I didn't like: I did not like Marissa's wishy-washy personality. She didn't really find her strength until almost the end of the book so it was a struggle to read it at times.
Was it clean? No, there were several f-words, mostly in one paragraph.
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you like books about relationships you will probably like this one.