The Man of My Dreams

The Man of My Dreams Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn t exist to accommodate you which in Hannah s observation is something a lot of people struggle to understand well int
  • Title: The Man of My Dreams
  • Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • ISBN: 9780812975390
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man of My Dreams
    Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn t exist to accommodate you, which, in Hannah s observation, is something a lot of people struggle to understand well into adulthood from The Man of My DreamsIn her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch perfect portrayal of adolescence Her prose i Being raised in an unstable household makes you understand that the world doesn t exist to accommodate you, which, in Hannah s observation, is something a lot of people struggle to understand well into adulthood from The Man of My DreamsIn her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch perfect portrayal of adolescence Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman s fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life.Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991 In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings in Hannah s own life, her parents marriage is crumbling And somewhere in between these two extremes just maybe lie the answers to love s most bewildering questions But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become rather than less complicated At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed up childhood Is settling for someone who s not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky or just pathetic None of the relationships in Hannah s life are without complications There s her father, whose s
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  • Curtis Sittenfeld

    Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice due out April 2016 as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty five languages Curtis s writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair,Time, Slate, Glamour, and on public radio s This American Life A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, she currently lives in St Louis, MO.

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  • I have been asked by a few people who enjoyed this book, why I gave it 1 star So this is it 1 I disliked hated all the characters, they annoyed me, especially the main character s, being inside her head was a very, very painful experience.2 The main character was also a friggn nympho All she thought about was getting down and doing the nasty and the opposite sex of course.3 The plot Could someone please tell me what it was Was it just this girls life, because all it seems like is a recap of the [...]


  • As I ve expressed on before, I m a Curtis Sittenfeld fan I enjoy and admire the way she always presents a readable and impeccably written tale that expresses emotional truths in an I never heard it put quite that way style She s wise beyond her years but has a sense of humor about it.The Man of My Dreams is Sittenfeld s second novel, but the fourth of hers I ve read Curtis herself has said she s talked people out of buying it , and that, plus the horrendous cover her publisher gave to the hardba [...]


  • For a moment I thought that Curtis Sittenfeld was going to give me what I wanted a happy ending No ambiguities and no doubts Just happiness for our anxious protagonist Hannah a shared apartment, evenings entangled on the couch in front of the television, Sunday morning brunches followed by Sunday afternoon antique shopping, an engagement, a wedding, a child all with the man of her dreams Thank god I was wrong Because what I want is not what I need I want a book to delight, to entertain, to promi [...]


  • Hm I liked it really, I did and I LOVED Prep But what Prep was that this isn t was multi layered While it was Lee Fiora s journey, it was also a lot than that, not to mention a thrilling roman a clef, though Sittenfeld denies this Here, we re presented with a rehash of Lee Fiora, and quite honestly, that s all we re presented with, only this time, she s less interesting and focused on one thing only relationships with the opposite sex I think that s what bothered me the most Hannah was Lee Fior [...]


  • knew as soon as I picked this up that I would fly through it, and not for any lack of weight on the part of the novel it s just that I LOVE CURTIS SITTENFELD Something about her clean, guileless style clicks with me and I hang on her every word, even when what she is saying makes me uncomfortable, which happens kind of a lot what she writes about hits close to home with my own myriad issues Sittenfeld s tell it like it is narrators, both here and in Prep, seem to find that secret place inside me [...]


  • I know that a lot of people find Curtis Sittenfeld s characters too unlikable, but I think they are just so honest and real that they freak people out I wasn t sure if I d like this book as much as I loved Prep, but I think it s actually much maturely written I was sucked in immediately, as with Prep, and just find Hannah s insights to be, if frustrating or wrong sometimes, also quietly profound I could barely put it down It kept me up at night because I just couldn t stop reading it.It may app [...]


  • I really LOVED this book It takes a lot to get a 5 star out of me, thoughd I thought Prep still had it beat, so 4 stars it is Regardless, Sittenfeld is such an amazing author Sometimes, when reading her books, I get distracted in thinking she is SUCH a good writer and I forget to follow the storyline and have to re read Few authors have this affect on me I cherish the ones that do I love the flaws she gives her characters They aren t the typical boo hoo i m overweight and unattractive struggles [...]


  • I read this book because the library happened to have it checked in while I wait for my requests to come in and I read Prep, which I enjoyed enough, but not as much as the critics did Perhaps it is merely the timing, but The Man of My Dreams and I would agree with previous reviewers in advising you to ignore the title it s not really about the man, anyway really had me examining my own life thus far and what I have learned about myself through my relationships as Hannah has I am 28 as Hannah is [...]


  • This novel covers similar ground to Sittenfeld s Prep In fact, it s not hard to imagine it as the continued story of Prep s insecure heroine, Lee, as she navigates college and post college life Unfortunately, though the writing style and themes are similar to Sittenfeld s first novel, Man of My Dreams feels like the work of a far less mature author.To put it bluntly, it s a boring book Boring and depressing Sittenfeld s previously displayed flair for turning the banal into something wonderful is [...]


  • the Man of my Dreams is the kind of book title that would make it very easy for me to toss aside in a book sale or something Or if a fellow passenger were ever reading it, I d jump to the conclusion that either she or her life were very dull When I read Curtis Sittenfeld s first novel Prep in 2005, I was all of 14 and it was for me one of the important coming of age novels And then I came across this one recently, I knew I had to read it despite the irksome title This is the quintessential stor [...]


  • Prep, this was not I held off reading this in part because people said it wasn t nearly as good as Prep and in part because of the stupid title how could a book be Anyway it was in the apt we were staying in in Paris and I ran out of library books so I took it for Shabbos and figured it would at least be readable.My issues are as follows It s hard not to compare with prep especially sicne the protagonists are very similar however, where Lee was, I felt, refreshing and charming while disarming, H [...]


  • I m not sure what it is I don t like about Sittenfeld s novels I didn t like Prep all that much, but others seem to enjoy her work, so I thought I d give The Man of My Dreams a try It was OK Quick read Could be nice on an airplane or as a book to keep in your bag to read while you wait in line or at the doctor s office It just didn t really grab me I didn t like really any of the characters, didn t empathize with them At best, I felt sorry for them Mostly I just wanted them to stop their whining [...]


  • I read this book under protest, because I hated Prep what a letdown after all the hype, especially since I ve been obsessed with boarding school since reading A Little Princess at age six Plus, I secretly resent people who are not much older than I am, yet manage to write bestsellers However, I can t get a library card until I can prove that I live in this godforsaken state, so I bought it for three bucks Anyway, I thought it was lightyears better than Prep, which sold way copies and got much [...]


  • As soon as I finished Prep, I immediately put this book on hold It s Curtis Sittenfeld s second book and it just came out in May After I finished Matilda, I started this book I went into it with high expectations and it didn t catch me quite as quickly as Prep but then again it isn t the same book and I wouldn t want it to be Over the last few days this book has really caught me and I m loving it I find myself, once again, really identifying with the main character Hannah She s making so many of [...]


  • Aw, man Curtis wtf There s so much good, smart stuff here, and then you just throw it all under the bus with your weird fucking shitty attitude about gayness and blackness It s so fucking lame and boring and just like fucking disorienting, although I know part of being disoriented by people who think gayness and blackness are remarkable is a function of my lucky bubble I live in, and probably loads of folk in this stupid asshole country wouldn t even register the lame bummery stuff in here as bu [...]


  • I listened to the audiobook at the gym Initially I grabbed it off the free table at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, BK when I saw that Anne Heche narrated it, and I m sort of sickly drawn to her Plus, people love Prep, which i still haven t read Turns out, Anne Heche s not so good at New Zealand accents Also, at making protagonists or any other characters even remotely sympathetic her voice is so scratchy and sharp, and she makes all the women either sound pathetic, mean, or Valley Heche signifies [...]


  • The main character like in the authors first book, Prep , is a self involved, miserable, jealous, personification of every negative stereotype that men say about women This book sends an awful message to women You are not incomplete without men There is no perfect man and you do not have to pretend to be something you are not to get one and keep one The only character in the book that likes herself and has any fun is painted throughout the novel to be an awful, selfish person I will not read any [...]


  • I think the author does a great job of finding an authentic voice for her main characters Hannah is so stuck in her own head and so worried about what everyone else must think about her that she sits on the sidelines through most of college Opting to go to bed at 7 30 on a Friday night rather than go out and risk making a fool of herself or doubting that she s pretty enough or skinny enough or confident enough I get that I think we all have those kinds of doubts now and then Hannah would have ne [...]


  • this was curtis sittenfeld s second novel, the follow up to prep weirdly, her publishing house decided to market her books like chick lit, which they are totally not, so i think a lot of people picked this book up off a barnes noble shelf labeled beach reads felt really confused as they read the protaganist is a young woman who isn t just unlucky in love it s like she is missing whatever genetic component enables people to communicate with other people while all of her friends in high school are [...]


  • Curtis Sittenfeld s The Man of My Dreams is another coming of age piece however this time written while the character ages to be much older than the last book The main character, Hannah comes from a fairly disfunctional family, and as she experiences and is faced with different relationships, she s not quite sure how to navigate the complex feelings involved I couldn t decide whether Hannah suffered from a low self esteem or if she was just horribly uneducated about how to feel, but the characte [...]


  • Once again Curtis Sittenfeld has reached down into my pool of former insecurities and returned them right back to the surface The strangest thing about reading Sittenfeld for me so far I ve only read Prep and now Man of My Dreams is that it s fleetingly awful and wickedly wonderful all at the same time For those of us who can identify with her neurotic main characters, in this case the main character of Hannah, there are moments where you want to shut the book because the author is hitting so cl [...]


  • Wow I just finished this book and am dumbfounded by how emotional of a read this was It actually made me uncomfortable at times I don t think this is the book I would highly recommend to any of my friends to read It would have to be their own find and I think that says something about me for those of you who have read this book I gave this book four stars because it is a wonderful story and well written and the ending was perfection I have not read any of Sittenfeld s books before and am looking [...]


  • This is a book that suffers from what I like to call Cry Ass White People syndrome We follow the main character, Hannah, as she grows from a dysfunctional young girl to a dysfunctional young adult Hannah had been raised not to be accommodated but to accommodate, Welcome self esteem problems Hannah seeks professional help while attending college see cry ass white people and feels better about herself Hannah finds thrills by being a third wheel tagging along with her fun loving cousin, Fig Kinda b [...]


  • i don t know if i missed something while reading this, but it def wasn t worth the read i read some other reviews and didn t particulary agree with them it was an easy read, but there are plenty of others out there that aren t so self defecating.


  • I really hated this book I don t want that to reflect poorly on the author, As I m sure she is a very good author, but I really dislike the book I m couldn t warm up to the main character initially, and as the book progressed I found myself disliking her and Her insecurity was annoying especially considering she was a pretty girl and she did come from money broken family not withstanding, she really had nothing to complain about Even her cousin, at one point, calls her out on her tiresome inse [...]



  • How I Came To Read This Book I believe Robyn keyed me into the release of this book, but I was the one to go out and buy it, having LOVED Prep.The Plot The book spans about 10 15 years in the main character, Hannah s life, touching on key moments in her development that shaped her attitudes toward society, specifically romance and men Things start to crumble in Hannah s somewhat idealized world at a young age when her parents split up and also, the engagement and subsequent split between Kiefer [...]


  • I really wanted and, I admit, still do to read Sittenfeld s latest novel based on the life of Laura Bush Unsurprisingly, it was checked out of the library, so when I saw this there instead, I figured, good enough It s Sittenfeld doing Jennifer Warner should be fine by me I picked the novel up, read the first few sentences I liked them Figured the first person narrator was telling us about her friend Well, you know what they say about assumptionsFifty pages in, I had given up on hoping that our f [...]


  • Even though Curtis Sittenfield s writing is actually pretty good, I often find myself not liking her books because the characters are so damned annoying The Man of my Dreams is one of those books that follows a woman Hannah through the series of bad relationships and romantic misfortunes compromise her life It s pretty much exactly the same book as Melissa Banks s A Girl s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, except not as good Much like the protagonist of Prep, Hannah is whiny and depressive and often [...]


  • Like Lee Fiora, I do not find Hannah a compelling, entirely endearing character I certainly would not want to be friends with someone so blah in real life But I do find both characters refreshingly honest about their innermost insecurities, neuroses, and dreams, and for that I continue to read Sittenfeld s novels Hannah and her dreams of love and security break your heart at many times, and though she is pretty uninteresting and frustrating in her refutation of genuine love the way she kept push [...]


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