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February 01, 2004

Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon: Why Girls Are Weird : A Novel
Pamela Ribon: Why Girls Are Weird : A Novel

I first heard about this book from Beth, who wrote "Pamie wrote a book." Pamie is apparently very popular blogger/online journalist Pamela Ribon, who maintains www.pamie.com. (This is just another testament to the idea that the world is much bigger than we think. I had never heard of Pamie, but thousands have. It blows the whole "A-lister" thing out of the water.)

The story goes like this: Anna Koval is pretty disatisfied about her life. She broke up with her boyfriend, she has a degree she's not using, and a job that doesn't challenge her. So she teaches herself HTML and starts a website where she publishes stories... stories that quickly take on their own life. In fact, they are telling the stories of the life Anna wants. Harmless? Maybe, until you throw in the 5,000 hits a day and a stalker and a guy who calls himself "LDobler" who might make a great boyfriend -- if only "Anna K" didn't already have one. Soon the lies are piling up so fast she has a map of Post-Its to keep track of them. Her house of cards, though, is tottering as she grows closer to "LDobler" and fact and fiction begin to collide.

Great light fiction; "Pamie" is an excellent writer... the entries that are interspersed within the narrative are creative, insightful and illustrative of exactly why Pamie's site is so popular.

Posted by at February 01, 2004 11:41 AM

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Susan Feb 1, 2004 1:33 PM

It was one of my favorite books last year.

Christine Feb 15, 2004 6:40 PM

I love that book so much, I might just read it again - it's only been a few months since my first time, but it was great!

Yeah, sort of proves that whole "A List" thing is for the birds. There are many, many A Lists - for every circle of bloggers there is another one - and it's a big, big world out there!

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