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Julie & Julia by Julie Powell-Unfinished

August 11th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description: Julie & Julia, the bestselling memoir that’s “irresistible….A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef” (Philadelphia Inquirer), is now a major motion picture. Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves’ livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto. The film version is written and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

I was debating if I should even write about this book but since I meant this blog to be a catalog of what books I have read and what I thought here we go.  I got about half way through this book and just had to put it down. I may or may not go back to it one day but with so many other great sounding books to read I just did not see the point in struggling through this any longer.  I could not stand the main character, Julie, she was whiny, swore more than I liked and just seemed like an insensitive person.  So I found it hard to relate to her and her experiences.  I was hoping she would be more likeable as her journey continued but I just wasn’t seeing it.  In my online book club there were several others who said they had the same problems so glad to know it wasn’t just me.

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12 Responses

  1. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I’ve heard other people enjoyed this book; sorry it didn’t work for you. I particularly dislike whiny characters so I think I will stay away from this one.

  2. Pam

    This isn’t my type of book to begin with so I didn’t plan on picking it up. I’ve heard similar reviews to yours, also. My sister in law is an avid reader, a professional chef and couldn’t finish it if that speaks to your troubles with it!

  3. Kari

    I had this problem at first too, and I still think she is too whiny and bitchy. But, I grew to love her sarcasm, at least in regards to the cooking project. As a person, though, I probably would not want to hang out with her. She’s pretty insensitive.

    Have you heard the debate about her new book? It’s interesting once you’ve read Julie & Julia and know the dynamic between her and her husband.

  4. dsuzuki

    LOL. Yeah, this must be one of those you love or hate. I saw one raving review and a few pretty negative ones.
    Kari-I didn’t realize they were making a sequel. Will probably steer clear of that one :)

  5. Michelle

    I don’t blame you one bit. Not every book is for everyone and if you know you don’t like it why waste anyone’s time struggling through when there are so many other books you’d enjoy more. Hopefully the next one off your pile is more enjoyable.

  6. Amanda

    I think it’s good to put books on your blog that you couldn’t finish. It helps us to see another side of books. Thanks. :)

  7. dsuzuki

    I’m reading Velva Jean Learns to Drive and very different from J&J :) I’m enjoying it so far though.

  8. L. Diane Wolfe

    Does that mean you’ll be avoiding the movie, too? LOL

  9. dsuzuki

    LOL. Yup, someone told me Julie wasn’t very likeable in the movie either. Not that I ever get to the movies since my daughter was born :)

  10. Kay

    I’m really curious about reading this one; I won it (although I have yet to receive it) and thought it would be interesting, but I have read mixed reviews since. Hopefully I’ll like the character more than you did. Fingers crossed! I don’t like whiny characters, either…

  11. lilly

    Finally, someone who disliked this book. You know I am always suspicious of the titles everyone raves about and I was right to be suspicious about this one too.

  12. dsuzuki

    I think Julie is one of those characters that would really polarize opinions.
    Lilly-I actually found I’m not a big fan of a lot of books people rave about. I didn’t care for The Kite Runner or The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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