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YMMV / Gooberz

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  • Arc Fatigue: Twice. Once her husband dies, the narrator spends hundreds of pages lamenting her grief. In the end, it begins to grind on even the most sympathetic reader. The same thing happens once her lover deserts her after a year long tumultuous love affair. She spends several further hundreds of pages alternating between lamenting his departure and being incredulous at it - all without fully seeming to realize the role which her angry outbursts and jealousy played in the destruction of the relationship.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The ending of the book sees the narrator reunited with her lover, having had her faith in miracles rewarded. This makes, in the narrator's viewpoint, the book into a message for love and especially hope. Unfortunately, anyone familiar with her life will know that she never rekindled her relationship with Robert Brewer (the Leo lover), and that by the end of her life she was very sick, with her finances in shambles and with most or all her children rumored to be estranged. In the end, she died alone, which casts a different light on her book and makes her look delusional.
  • No Yay: Crossed with Alternate Character Interpretation. Some readers, especially those familiar with the background of the author, do not see the book's great romance as such, but as a relationship between a childish, demanding, bossy, obsessive, self-absorbed and delusional woman too afraid to be alone and a manipulative, holier-than-thou man who quickly threw the towel when confronted with his partner's flaws.
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  • Values Dissonance: Some aspects of the book have not aged well at all. For example, the narrator believes that the only right kind of relationship is a monogamous heterosexual one. Or that the death of victims may have been them paying a karmic debt to their murderer.