- Tapa blanda: 348 páginas
- Editor: W W Norton & Co Inc; Edición: Revised. (17 de febrero de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0393326462
- ISBN-13: 978-0393326468
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Ask Me Anything: A Novel (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 17 feb 2005
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"Absurdly entertaining.... The wistful and wise-cracking Rosalie is a winning screwball heroine."
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Twenty-six-year-old Rosalie Preston works by day as an advice columnist for the romantically perplexed readership of Girl Talk magazine. But her true passion is for the stage and for her fledgling theater troupe, the First Borns, a tight pack of friends and lovers who live (mostly) in the East Village. When Rosalie comes to the notice of suave Berglan Starker, a theater underwriter-and also the father of her best friend-she finds herself caught up in a very different affair from those she so jauntily untangles in her column for teens. Struggling to be savvy but sage, she is swept along by curiosity, a taste for adventure, and a penchant for those alluring complimentary toiletries in New York's ritziest hotels. Fame versus art, sex versus love, ambition versus friendship, room service versus restaurants: these are the choppy waters the First Borners must navigate-together and, perhaps ultimately, apart-in this delicious novel. "The best of what the chick-lit genre has to offer: it's wry, compelling, and keenly observed."-Library Journal "What a delightful surprise...[Delbanco's] voice is fresh and wise...The angst here is warm and funny and has the true tone of excited urgency and humility that fuels youth. "-Mary Ambrose, Boston Globe "Absurdly entertaining...The wistful and wise-cracking Rosalie is a winning screwball heroine."-Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Times Book ReviewVer Descripción del producto
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Rosalie is a familiar sort of character to chick-lit readers: Mid-twenties, aspiring actress, has guy troubles, confused, busy but with plenty of time to hang out with pals. But she's a bit different at heart, more contemplative and confident. Her day job is as an advice columnist for a fluffy girl magazine, GirlTalk, giving nuggets of wisdom to angsty teenagers.
But the "Annie Answers" job is merely to support her way in a theatre troupe, First Borns, made up of rich kids, weirdos and sometime boyfriends. Rosalie is confronted with choices about her future and her heart: When other members of the First Borns start to get engaged, she finds herself falling into an affair with a fellow member's slick daddy.
Genuinely ordinary lead characters are a rarity. And Delbanco keeps a hand firmly in "normal" turf while dabbling in the lives of the rich'n'glamorous of Manhatten. Rosalie is no spoiled rich kid. In fact, her style of living, brushing elbows with that of her wealthier friends, is pretty normal by comparison, and she isn't as preoccupied with designer stilettoes and trends as you'd expect. It offers no new insights about the present generation of young single women, but then, it never claimed to. Nor does it seem to try.
Delbanco's writing is solid and nicely detailed, without the strained I-must-be-witty air of many similar books. Dialogue is her stumbling block; it's too contrived and self-conscious. She needs to just relax and let the words flow. At times it also gets a bit gooey and cliched, even bordering on an "Amelie"-esque romance novel in one kissy scene. And one would expect the little advice-column snippets to get a little too cute -- but they don't.
Rosalie's a nice lead character. She lacks scruples in places (hello, the guy is MARRIED), but her ordinary looks and soul-searching keep her interesting to Everygirl. She also has a bit of an inferiority complex that crops up from time to time, but it (thankfully) never turns into a neurosis. The supporting characters such as the suave playboy Berglan and likably weird Jake, are nicely drawn.
"Ask Me Anything" is a pleasant read, even for the non-chick-lit readers. It offers nothing new on the life of urban single gals, but is a nice light read.
Where it appears not everyone has loved the book as much as me. Maybe some people found Rosalie tough to like. But there too, I thought Delbanco successfully walked a fine line: I rooted for her. Even though she was a homewrecker. And, occasionally the shatterer of dreams of teenage girls. Details, people! I say Rosalie was pure of heart in spite of it all.
There's lots of plot, too! Good, real world plot! Affairs, and shows, and marriages, and even visits to the parents. Was there too much plot? I kind of thought the ending (happy - somebody gives it away on the back cover, so don't blame me) just kept happening, in a number of different locales. Yeesh. Pull the cord already.
But really - overall, I totally dug it. Am def gonna read the next one. Hope her publishers put out the paperback with a pink cover - because I think Ask Me Anything should be widely read.
Even though I am past my 20's ( thank fully!) the issues Rosalie was struggling with overlap into all stages of life, the basic questions of change and how to cope with them. Of how unexpected things occur in life and what do they mean or where do they lead.
Some parts of the story were overlong, but I was entertained and pulled along. Francesca is a talented writer who excels at interesting dialog and witty humor. Her descriptions of Declan were priceless. She created speech patterns for each character that defined them well. I am looking forward to reading other work from her.
If you want to read a sweet story with a unique female lead, if you want to follow the twists of relationships, if you want to feel like you are in New York hanging with actors, and if you want to feel you are not alone when the changes in your own life might puzzle or sadden you....this is a worthwhile and uplifting story.