She's Come Undone Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dolores Price is a young girl who must cope with her parents' bad marriage, her mother's breakdown, and a move to her grandmother's house. Dolores is already unpopular at school, bullied by girls in her class and barely able to cope with her difficult grandmother. Her problems only increase when handsome Jack Spreight and his wife move into the apartment her grandmother rents. When Dolores faces even greater tragedy, she retreats into television watching and overeating. Her relationship with her grandmother and mother worsen as college entrance approaches. Afraid of the world and of what others think of her 257 lb. frame body, Dolores tries to get through bad relationships and worse depressions in any way she can through television, through hard work, and even through lies. As Dolores comes to learn about herself and about the motives behind other peoples' cruelty, she finds that happiness comes from an unexpected source.
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The review of this Book prepared by A. Antonow

As a young teenager, Dolores was raped by her neighbor. She isolates and eats in order to cope. By the time she graduates high school, she weighs over 250 pounds and is miserable. After a failed attempt at going to college, Dolores ends up in a mental institution, where she learns how to cope somewhat with the outside world...but it is her experiences after leaving the institution that really allow her to become a full person.
The review of this Book prepared by Beth Hoffman

the past affects the future and all aspects of our lives weave character. delores learns that fantasy has no happiness in it and goes through many tests such as being raped, going to college, and loosing her mother before she finds happiness with herself.
The review of this Book prepared by crystal mace

This book has a 13 year old girl who was molested by a mentally sick person. She was desperately searching for social and emotional explanations and answers to her life. She has had so many problems in her past life and does not know what to do and how to recover. A search for hope and dignity.
The review of this Book prepared by Tiffany

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Grandma Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   fatness Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   lesbians! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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