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Use Me As she grows from rebellious adolescent in preppy suburbs of Delaware to sexually fraught adult in New York City Evie Wakefield struggles to connect with the men in her life Chas Wakefield her large

  • Title: Use Me
  • Author: Elissa Schappell
  • ISBN: 9780060959609
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • As she grows from rebellious adolescent in preppy suburbs of Delaware to sexually fraught adult in New York City, Evie Wakefield struggles to connect with the men in her life Chas Wakefield, her larger than life father, who has cheated cancer for years Billy, her sexy, responsibility shy musician husband and Charlie her needy young son.

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    1. I was excited to hear that Elissa Schappell had a book out because I am a fan of her work in "Vanity Fair." Also, I like books that have short stories or vignettes that link together (Susan Vreeland's "Girl In Hyacinth Blue" or Melissa Banks' "Girls Guide To Hunting & Fishing"). However, "Use Me," did not appeal to me. Much of the material felt contrived and gratuitous: the rebellion, the "supposed to shock you" sex, the multiple abortions, even the father's cancer- I felt like a voyeur. Ick [...]

    2. There are so many great scenes in this novel -- strange, freaky, refreshing moments. And yet the novel as a whole fails. There are a couple of diversions -- namely, the Mary Beth chapters -- that are at times very interesting but do nothing to further the story. And Evie's father isn't developed very well, which becomes a pretty big problem later in the book. Consequently, "Use Me" often feels like an unedited manuscript, a quite impressive, at times dazzling manuscript, but one that needs to be [...]

    3. Here's what's up: it actually kind of hurts to mark this book as "finished"! That's how much I loved it. Her characters don't suffer from contrived neuroses (I'm looking at you, Best New American Voices!), but they don't lie flat on the page either. Schappell writes deliciously intimate and truly inspiring, organic, non-gimmicky, non-cliche stories about cool, fun, complex women, and I adore her for this. Like with her other book, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, I'm left like a little kid [...]

    4. The stories themselves are uneven, and the subject matter sometimes borders on grotesque, with a woman drinking her own breastmilk—there might be an argument for someone doing such a thing, but the author seems to approach such subjects with adolescent relish. All that being said, there were a couple stories that offered redemption.

    5. This is one of those books that no one has read; Elissa Schappell has a precision of language that is humbling and inspiring.

    6. This one started out strongly, but my interest waned in the end. The format was interesting, as if a novel unfolded in the form of little vignettes or short novellas. The crux of the book is how a daughter grapples with the slow death of her father. The thing that bothered me most about this book was the the protagonist is a weak, often joyless woman.Unlike "Still Alice" in which a woman's decline is so fast the reader wants to slow it down and prolong the inevitable, Evie's father's death is lo [...]

    7. Really, I'd give this 3.5 stars. As a whole, I liked the book a lot. The writing was funny but also handled tragedy well. It reminded me of Lorrie Moore's style. There were a lot of witty one-liners that kept me wanting to keep reading. I have two complaints: There were parts of this book that I got really bored with. I felt that a lot of the narrator's depression over her father's illness and then death were overstated and began to come off as whiney and overly dramatic. She mourns his death fo [...]

    8. I found this book intriguing. Read it because of great reviews by Rick Moody and Jennifer Egan. Found it heartbreaking, funny, unsettling. Then at the end, the last two linked stories, I wept uncontrollably. Parent deat, likely to cause the crying right now. I've read four novels which are linked stories. My book club argues that these are not true novels. I say that definitions continue to evolve. They satisfy me in much the same way that novels do, and that short stories don't. The main charac [...]

    9. I love Elissa Schappell. I love that she gets the minutiae in life that so often dictates who we are and how we act with one another. In her hands, a scene where a girl is feeling bold and sassy and newly sexually desirable builds in tension until it collapses gently into the humiliation that so many bold, sassy girls experience when they are first feeling out sexual relationships. She is a kind but unsparing chronicler of what it means to be a woman when the world is sort of set up to go agains [...]

    10. This book follows a format that I think is very popular with college/masters students, but is not as often seen in popular fiction and is extremely difficult to do well. Well, she doesn't just do it well, she does it very well, and as a result this should be required reading for anyone attempting it. This book is a series of linked short stories, along the lines of Davis Sedaris and Laurie Notaro. But this is fiction, not creative non-fiction, and I just don't think you see this as often in fict [...]

    11. So. I'm not typically a fan of short story collections, but I wouldn't call this a short story collection. I would characterize it more as a series of vignettes about one person's life told through stories that don't always have that person narrating. From a structure perspective, I found it really interesting and incredibly well done. The story itself and the themes I also enjoyed and found thought-provoking. Are all of a heterosexual woman's relationships with men defined by her father? What d [...]

    12. Recommended to: all women who grew up in the US middle class in the 70's and went to east-coast colleges in the 80's and who lost their fathers or worried about losing their fathers.This book is very nearly perfect, for me, anyway. I don't give it the 5th star because it is so specifically perfect for a certain population. I don't care what others think of it though because I am in that certain population. Reading this was like reading the memoirs of your girlhood or college best friend because [...]

    13. I loved this book! The reviews described it as interconnecting short stories, but after about the first 4 stories, it was all about the one girl/woman and her relationship with her father, who battles lung cancer for 14 years. The other girl/woman featured in the first couple of stories, fades into the background, but is sort of a peripheral character, as the main girl's friend. So for the first half of the book, I kept expecting to hear the other girl's voice again, but it never happened--very [...]

    14. This is a remarkable book, a novel told in ten stories. I'll comment on only the one, most striking thing about it. Towards the end, in several of the last few stories, the narrator is forced to deal with the death of a loved one. I have never read anything that advanced as many new and original thoughts on that subject as does this book. Schappell possesses a depth of understanding, an uncanny dissection of the grieving process. She notices ways in which her narrator grieves that a normal human [...]

    15. Intriguing in a voyeuristic kind of way. I enjoyed Schappell's daring to 'go there' in a few of the stories- I read the unabashed sexual and behavioral deviance as a more or less powerful feminist trope. Then again, Evie's relationship to various members of her family often teeters between irritatingly self-centered and downright creepy. Her character doesn't really grow, inspiring me to furrow my brow and say "hmm" as I finished the last sentence and shut the book.I give it a three because of t [...]

    16. This is a novel structured as interwoven short stories about two women who become friends in college, and it ultimately turns into a novel about a woman coming to terms with her relationship with her dying father. The book opens with a story about each woman as a teenager and their relationships with their parents, then we get a story about the two of them as college roommates. After that the stories focus more on the woman who has always been daddy's girl, and now daddy is dying. The Electra co [...]

    17. I like the format of several stories written at different points in the life of the main character, Evie, making up the book, and I like the honesty of her voice. (I found Mary Beth, Evie's best friend, more likable--her voice provided the narrative for one or two of the pieces.) This book is very well-written, but Evie straddles the barbed-wire fence between being flawed in an interesting way that makes the reader care and flawed in a way that makes the reader want to throw the book across the [...]

    18. I couldn't get Schappell's most recent book at the library, so settled for the next best thing; previous works but maybe not as highly acclaimed works! I enjoyed this book. Great writer, interesting and thoughtful analysis on a father/daughter dynamic. The chapters about her father's cancer really hit home for me, as I had been through that a couple of years ago. The characters, other than the father, were a little bit despicable and could have benefited from oodles of therapy, but all to make i [...]

    19. I really wanted to like this book, as:1.) The author (Elissa Schappell) and I have almost the same exact name--both first and last.2.) Author Jerry Stahl told me that the author is a fantastic writer.3.) The protagonist's best friend is named Mary Beth, as is mine in real life.4.) The protagonist has a mother with breast cancer, as did my mother.However, I just could not bring myself to finish this book. Maybe it was too close to home. The writing was great but I could not get myself to read to [...]

    20. I read this book in my early 20s and loved it. I decided to revisit it now in my mid 30s and with a new collection of the author's coming out, and was struck with how much it meant to me. I just experienced a loss of both my parents and had forgotten what a big role Evie's Dad and his illness plays in the book, needless to say, I loved it even more. Her self examination and ability to convey such big things in various situations while making it uniquely female is amazing. Can't wait to revisit a [...]

    21. 2nd Read. A series of short stories that are linked by the families and characters history. I am inclined to say that most of the stories have an element of reality behind them - the emotional events are quite vivid and real. It must have been wrenching for the author because it sure overwhelmed me at times with emotion. I especially liked that Evie was complex - having multiple feelings, love , anger, ego and guilt all at the same time ping ponging off each other as the tales progress into her [...]

    22. I'm generally not a short story person, so this may be biased, but even though the stories were some what interconnected, I never got invovlved. I would read one sotry, and then the book sat on my nightstand for weeks while I'd whip through other books. Both the writing and the subject matter worked if you're into chick lit that is. But the short stories never give me enough to sink my teeth into and feel fulfilled.

    23. I enjoyed this, but it just didn't compare to Blueprints for Better Girls, which I'd read first. I felt like Schappell was figuring out her voice and style as the book went along. The first part of the book drifted back and forth between two characters, but then she abandoned that in the second half, which felt a little weird. I also disliked the main character rather intensely at time, and by the end was a little weary of her. This was really just ok.

    24. 10 stories follow Evie (Eh-vee) as she moves from her teenage years into adulthood and motherhood while coming to terms with her father's battle with cancer. Evie's first person narrative is observant and insightful and both shares in and contrasts the sexuality of her schoolmate Mary Beth. The poignant moments shared regarding Evie's adolescence and grief linger even as you long to forget her.

    25. This book was just OK in my opinion. The characters were vivid and believable to some degree. However, I didn't feel that Evie was all that likable, and since the story is centered primarily around her and her father's death I suppose I didn't find the story very likable either. I did like the arrangement, and the short story format and the book was well written. With that in mind, I will look forward to reading Schappell's second book soon!

    26. Elissa Schappell is unique in a way that hooks the reader in, no matter what she may write. Even if you think one of her stories is going to be of no interest to you, the fact is that you're wrong. This is her only book I have read so far but it's good. I would recommend at least giving it a decent try.

    27. I thought this book was well craftedny beautiful sentences and unique presentation at times. However the story didn't enchant me. Several times I was moved to tears, laughed often, yet the story didn't grab me and make me want to sit with the book until the last page was turned. A story to enjoy, indeed, however not so much one by which to be swept away.

    28. It took me forever to read this book. I would get really into it while I was reading it, but as soon as I put it down, I would forget all about it. I didn't think about the characters or anything and it didn't change the way I view the world. But it was still interesting and vaguely revolutionary. I don't know. I liked it but not as much as I feel I should have liked it.

    29. I hated this book. The only reason I finished it was because it was for a book club. Don't waste your time. I hated all the characters and was hoping they would all die at the end. They are all completely sel-obsessed and neurotic. I don't know anyone like these people and I hope I never do. Again, I really hated it.

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