She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb

I’d had this book on my tbr list since its inception time, so a loonnnggg time. So long that I can’t actually remember what attracted me to it, apart from it being on Opera’s book club.


She’s Come Undone follows Dolores Price from age 13 until her mid-thirties. During this time Dolores goes to hell and back and we witness her growth and maturation. The book is essentially a character study with a sweeping character-arc at its core.


It’s hard to know where to begin with this, but I’ll try to sum it up. It’s about a troubled girl, the trials and tribulations she faces as she grows into adulthood and the ways in which she decides to cushion the severity of those changes.


It’s hard to say just how much I enjoyed this novel. It was harsh in its portrayal of reality and I could only read it in small doses, but I did really enjoy it. One of the reasons I liked it so much is because Dolores was such a brilliant protagonist. I especially loved her attitude and biting humour and feel this went a long way in cushioning the reality of so much hurt in Dolores’s life.


A lot of issues were covered but none were explored in any real depth. The book acted more like a transcribe rather than trying to depart any real wisdom. This was refreshing on one hand, but a bit frustrating on the other as it meant Dolores wasn’t explored in as much depth. It was, however, a fantastic example of a character sketch.