I remember the day I found it in Barnes & Noble. I walked in the front doors and there it was, on display right in front of me just begging to be my chosen purchase of the day.
I turned it over and briefly scanned the back, immediately thinking, "Omg, this book was written just for me, at the perfect moment- right when I need to read something like this the most."
I didn't even notice that it was on Oprah's book list until I got it home. It took me three hours to read it from cover to cover. I remember having plans that night but after the first chapter I called and canceled. I couldn't put it down.
It was one of the books where you find yourself nodding and thinking to yourself things like "this is so me!" and "ah! I totally know what you mean," as if the character could hear you.
I loved it because I could relate to her. I felt everything that she was describing and cried when she cried because I just knew. I'd experienced so much of what she was experiencing in those beginning chapters and I was enthralled by what she chose to do. Most importantly I was empowered by it in a time when I felt I had no choices. It sounds silly, but my entire outlook on my future was altered by the time I read the last words. I had hope.
And now it's a movie. With Julia Roberts. I like Julia Roberts. I'm excited. But this won't be a movie like this one, that I have to see in the theater. This will be a movie that I get when I can watch it alone. I want to watch it alone because reading the book was a very personal experience.
In any case, I'm happy to see that it's been made into a movie, although I know that it most certainly will not be able to portray the book as perfectly as it was to me while reading it. It will hopefully still be good and worth the time.
Off to Vegas for the weekend! But I'll be back.
ps-I finally watched this movie. I did like it, but there was so much missing from the movie that was in the book which made me sad. There was nothing about Ingrid or the fact that Gomez was in love with Claire. Oh well, it was still pretty good but if you watched it and never read the book, you're really missing out!