Melissa Bank
The Wonder Spot
April 09, 2019 Comments.. 396
The Wonder Spot Six years after her amazingly successful debut The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing Melissa Bank rewards her fans for their patience with The Wonder Spot a refreshingly honest interpretation of o

  • Title: The Wonder Spot
  • Author: Melissa Bank
  • ISBN: 9780143057659
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Six years after her amazingly successful debut, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank rewards her fans for their patience with The Wonder Spot, a refreshingly honest interpretation of one young woman s journey into adulthood As we follow heroine Sophie Applebaum through a comfortable, yet awkward childhood in suburban Pennsylvania to the challenges of findSix years after her amazingly successful debut, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank rewards her fans for their patience with The Wonder Spot, a refreshingly honest interpretation of one young woman s journey into adulthood As we follow heroine Sophie Applebaum through a comfortable, yet awkward childhood in suburban Pennsylvania to the challenges of finding love and a career in midtown Manhattan, The Wonder Spot is never guilty of the self indulgent traps set by other members of the Chick Lit genre Bank helped launch.We first meet the Applebaum clan on their way to cousin Rebecca s bat mitzvah in Chappaqua, New York, where Sophie ends up sneaking cigarettes in the woods with a handsome eighth grader one year her senior Yet even this minor rebellion is charming than anything else as with most of her future transgressions, Sophie is less the instigator than the innocent witness Defining moments in Sophie s life are revealed through her relationships an almost mythical college roommate named Venice her charismatic yet capricious older brother her brilliant younger brother her unpenetrable father and her hilarious grandmother, who takes it upon herself to save her Sophila from impending spinsterhood Of course, no real journey into young womanhood is complete without a series of committment phobic, potentially delinquent, overly nice men whose appearances seem less about love than about demonstrating our heroine s inability to ever truly be comfortable with herself As Sophie observes during a seventh grade skating party, I felt sure that everyone was looking at me and then realized that no one was, and I experienced the distinct shame of each.Undeniably clever, occasionally hilarious, and often poignant, The Wonder Spot is captivating enough for readers to forgive Sophie s indecisive, self destructive tendancies and simply bask in her sincerity Gisele Toueg

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    1. Kate says:

      The pointless ending made me realize how pointless Sophie's life is. I felt disappointed for her. She seems unable to love, or unable to commit. Is it that hard to fall in love with one of her many boyfriends? No one is perfect, but that doesn't mean no one is worth your love. I think Sophie is typical of many people in our culture, which makes me sad. The writing is not bad (despite its many similarities to The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing); if you're a mediocre, middle class person, you [...]

    2. Abigail Hillinger says:

      Melissa Bank is not Chick-Lit.And why is that?Because her heroines never fixate on their weight, their clothing, their hairstyle, their men. Bank has this way of skimming over all of those, and while the men are still existing (especially in Wonder Spot), her heroine Sophie is analyzing more why she needs them than the fact that she DOES need them.Sophie can't commit. She doesn't order for herself in restaurants or at bars. She has no ambition or ideals for what she wants to do. Every relationsh [...]

    3. Stephanie says:

      I liked (not loved) this book. I found myself not wanting to put it down, but mostly out of hope. Hope that the main character Sophie would soon have some breakthrough towards maturity. Throughout the book, and especially toward the end, I alternated between hopeful expectation and frustration. There were times that I found myself nodding and thinking "I've done that / felt that / wished I was or wasn't that". However, there were more times I felt myself getting frustrated with Sophie's seemingl [...]

    4. Manda says:

      I saw Melissa Bank speak while I was still in college in 2005, when she had finished "The Wonder Spot" but had not yet published it. I really liked "The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing," so when I saw this book at the Dollar Store (for a dollar!), I just couldn't pass it up."The Wonder Spot" follows Sophia Applebaum from late adolescence to adulthood and chronicles events & feelings that many of us experience: loss of a loved one, the disappointment of a failed romance, and anxiety over [...]

    5. Tory says:

      “I hesitated, but when she handed the cigarette to me I took it, and when she lit the match I leaned forward. I imitated my mother accepting a light from my father and exhaled as she did, ceiling-ward.Margie held her own cigarette between her teeth like a killer; she was imitating someone, too - maybe the Penguin from Batman.”“Up until that moment, I’d been at the earliest stage of love, when you feel it will turn you into the person you want to be. Now, his gentle voice and sage advice [...]

    6. Taylor says:

      I'm so-so about this book. I found it very uneven. There's a clear division here - childhood, relationships - both of which can be interesting in the hands of the right writer. It's obvious that she writes well, and this has its magical moments, but overall it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. As she gets more and more into the relationships, she speaks less on her life outside of them and jumps from one to the other, without transitioning very effectively. The ending also feels like a huge co [...]

    7. Alison says:

      Whoever said those who were mediocre and middle class might like this was apparently right. I'm presumed to be both, and I think Melissa Bank has the best handle on the three-dimensional reality of being a single woman of anyone writing about "bachelorettes" today. Her protagonist has strong family relationships, complex friendships, moves through serious career changes, goes to school more than once, and gets beyond herself to examine others who have the same set of life's trials and tribulatio [...]

    8. Sharon says:

      This book sucked. I like the statement in the review that a woman named Kate left about this book-Sophie's life is pointless. And since the book is centered around her-thus the book is pointless. Sophie is not likeable-she's a train wreck, which is fine to be a train wreck and to center a book about a train wreck but there is nothing redemptive about this character. Sophie never learns anything, her life never improves, she never learns anything about herself and relationships, it is just a blah [...]

    9. Lain says:

      Confusing. Inconsistent. Boring. Not the best three adjectives in the world if you're looking for the next great read. After a terrific debut with "Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" (which I loved), Bank came out with thisa series of short stories following the life and loves of Sophie Applebaum as she matures from an insecure pre-teen to an insecure teen, to -- guess what? -- an insecure adult. The problem is not Bank's writing, which is clear and filled with clever descriptions and turns-of [...]

    10. sosser says:

      i am in love with melissa banks' writing. the wonder spot is just as enjoyable a read as her girl's guide was. the razor sharp wit and concise observations abound, all wrapped up in a truly good story. in her late thirties, sohpie finds herself at a hip party in brooklyn (and i find my favorite quote): "The women are young, young, young, liquidy and sweet-looking; they are the batter, and i am the sponge cake they don't know they'll become. I stand here, a lone loaf, stuck to the pan."

    11. Michelle says:

      This is Banks' followup to A Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing. She follows a young Jewish woman from girlhood to adulthood through relationship after relationship, each one seeming like the end all at the time. It's interesting to see the character's point of view change over time, as well as to witness the changing/maturing of her familial relationships.

    12. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:

      "It is a strange thing to end a friendship, even if you know it's what you want. It's like a death; all of a sudden your experience of a person becomes finite."On being in love: "The world's most coveted state is characterized by unrelieved insecurity and almost constant pain." "The good thing about being nowhere in your career is that you can do it anywhere."

    13. Tamara says:

      I really like Melissa Bank as an observer, and this book has a lot of passages that take her out of the realm of "chick-lit" (if she ever was in it) and into the category of writer who wastes her talents on talking about the same people in every book. I really connect to her descriptions of the places she sets this book's stories in, and to certain aspects of her protagonist's character and story arc, but ultimately I think Bank falls short of drawing a complete or compelling human being in Soph [...]

    14. Katherine says:

      I was completely disappointed with this book. Although some parts were funny, I thought that author Melissa Bank kept the reader too much at bay by jumping from one time frame to another, choosing to tell readers some of the mundane events of her protagonist's (Sophie Appelbaum) life, and in some cases, refusing to elaborate about some of the most important events of her life (her father's death, for instance).I didn't feel too close to Sophie, which unfortunately, means that I couldn't care les [...]

    15. Alison says:

      I thought the book was well-written and perceptive but I got tired of Sophie's passivity and her inability to commit to a relationship or a career. And as so many other readers have commented, I thought the ending was contrived. My favorite part of the book is actually the chapter in which her sharp-tongued grandmother has a stroke and becomes sweet--if only it weren't combined with a description of an annoying doctor Sophie is dating. Although each chapter can stand alone, Bank makes desultory [...]

    16. Serafina Sands says:

      I'm not sure how Melissa Bank got pegged as chick lit, but it's unfortunate. Her characters are real people, and her dialogue is outstanding. In this book, she follows the life of Sophie Applebaum over a twenty year period, in vignettes - a similar format to her other excellent book, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing. I came to know and love Sophie, and would easily have kept reading if the book didn't end. A light read, I suppose, but thought provoking on why we enter and end the relation [...]

    17. Claire says:

      I really enjoyed this. I took a break from fiction for a while by and large and realized after reading this that I shouldn't, especially if I'm a fiction writer. I love that Bank can write fiction for/about women without it being chick litty. She's funny and sad and insightful and her characters don't have to be SATC cutouts without being "women characters." I want another book from her soon.

    18. Terry says:

      Oh my god, I LOVED this book! One of my favorites. Warning: with one exception, everyone else I recommended this book to didn't respond the way I did. (Which of course I took to be their failing, not the book's. Heh.)

    19. Gale Martin says:

      I first heard of Ms. Bank last fall when our Sunday paper ran an advance on her appearance at a local college. In the article she resisted being called a writer of chick lit, noting the media's tendency to lump all women authors of a certain age together as chick lit writers.Now that I have read both her books, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing being her first, I understand why Ms. Bank doesn't like the categorization.Nor is she that handily categorized.Not that I'm too high-brow for chick [...]

    20. Terry says:

      The Wonder Spot was a mostly enjoyable read. It was full of humor and captivating characters that drew me in and made it difficult to put down. The book highlights a series of memorable, character-shaping experiences throughout the life of Sophie Applebaum. Through these snippets, the reader follows Sophie on her quest to discover her place in the world and find contentment in her career and love life. Sophie is a very relatable character: she experiences awkward moments, friction between hersel [...]

    21. Karen Germain says:

      I wanted to give Melissa Bank a second chance after being underwhelmed with her debut novel, but I found her follow-up, "The Wonder Spot" to be equally underwhelming. This is not to say that the novel is without merit, as there are things that Bank does very well.She doesn't write plot, she write slice of life and character sketches. This entire book comprised of slices of the main character, Sophie Applebaums, life. It's an examination of how a woman grows (or is stuck) as she develops relation [...]

    22. Rachel says:

      I read this book for my monthly book club. I admittedly had never heard of Melissa Bank, which is probably one of my favorite aspects of being in a book club. It exposes me to new authors!After taking an unfortunate significant hiatus from leisurely reading as a result of a chaotic spring, Bank's The Wonder Spot was a good book to get me back into reading. I liked the unique structure of her book. Rather than traditional chapters, this book had several sections chronicling different points of So [...]

    23. Fiona says:

      If you enjoyed reading the Bridget Jones´ novels, then you will enjoy this novel. The difference is that the main character, Sophie Applebaum, is a Jewish New Yorker. However, she is still trying to find her place in this world. As she puts it, she{s a "solid trying to do a liquid´s job."The book is divided into sections describing events in a specific time of her life. The first section is obviously when she is a young girl in school. I wanted to laugh when there was a discussion at the famil [...]

    24. Bookreaderljh says:

      I am a fan of Melissa Bank's writing. Her characters are so easy to know and they are people I would like to be friends with. That's always a good thing to me when I am reading a book. In the Wonder Spot, Sophie is the main character from the age of 12 to somewhere in her later thirties. She is a Jewish girl with a family including two brothers, her mother and a pair of peculiar grandmothers. It is Sophie's life and loves and friendships that are explored throughout this book. Each chapter (exce [...]

    25. Angeld01 says:

      This book was terrible! Several years ago I read "The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing." And was excited when this one came out.Our protagonist is a girl named Sophie who is in BAD need of anti-depressants or a therapist or something. Everything she does is sad and depressing, and everyone around her is sad and depressing. She is good and nothing, appreciates nothing and no one. Also, the story is told in little vignettes nothing is ever finished. She's having problems at work, awe, but the th [...]

    26. Travis Neighbor Ward says:

      I really enjoyed reading this book. It follows the early to adult life of Sophie Applebaum, a rebellious girl and then woman who questions Jewish tradition, love, and friendship. She's funny and sarcastic, but not in a snarky or mean way so the story feels upbeat overall. Sophie struggles with her own lack of ambition and direction, as well as the men who end up leading her own and dropping her. It's a good look at what dating can really be like, but told in a serious, sensitive way that is funn [...]

    27. Lacey says:

      I've always wanted to be Jewish or Greek or some culture that thrives on tradition. It's always been fascinating to me, as much of The Wonder Spot was. Melissa Bank was literally spot-on and it was hard for me to put the book down. I was absorbed into Sophie Applebaum's crazy, hectic life and her interesting group of friends and stories. The Wonder Spot is more than just the life of Sophie, it's the telling of the world around her. She fights her way through life, unhappy in her job, moving from [...]

    28. Katie R. Herring says:

      I think Melissa Bank is a great writer, but I think she could work on her story telling. I loved Sophie and all of her stories individually-- some more than others, but that's just personal preference. I felt there was a disconnect between the chapters-- I couldn't remember characters and I felt like I was jumping through time with no backstory. I'm not in favor of novels like this, as it isn't actually a novel, but short stories about the same character. If the stories had been more connected a [...]

    29. Iva says:

      The elusive Melissa Bank is such an amusing writer, it is hard to believe that she hasn't published a book since this 2006 collection of novella-length stories. All focus on Sophie Applebaum, whose love affairs, career options and friendships are never quite right. Some of the incidents covered are: improving her typing skills (on an IBM Selectric!)to get a better job and moving in with her grandmother and then with an older brother. She has parents that she enjoys being with, interesting friend [...]

    30. Kelly says:

      not as good as her debut novel, but still very sincere and simple. she's a great writer. from the book description, a sample of her writing as the main character observes during a seventh grade skating party: "I felt sure that everyone was looking at me and then realized that no one was, and i experienced the distinct shame of each."

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