Review of Chanel Bonfire

Chanel BonfireChanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Memoirs, when done correctly, are always a joy to read. Wendy Lawless, at a distance, could be described as just another privileged girl of the 1970s who got to do some really cool stuff. But Lawless, narrating this audio version of the book herself, shows us differently. It's almost impossible to believe the outright insanity this poor girl was subjected to at the hands of her emotionally unstable mother. Hearing so many of her tales, my blood would just boil. The writing itself is well done, but not fantastic. It was Lawless's calm narration that actually brought it so vividly to life. She sounds ever bit like the duck-and-cover enabling daughter she describes herself to be. Listening to a story like hers reinforces that it is love, not money, that brings us happiness. And though our childhoods may bring us misery, we can still build a life, with or without finishing college. I imagine that I would have been more like Wendy's sister than Wendy herself, if placed in that situation, but we never really know, do we? It's a quick read and I found myself sitting in the car for longer than I had to just to finish out a chapter.

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