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The Wonder Spot

The Wonder Spot

(2005)
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Six years after her amazingly successful debut, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank rewards her fans for their patience with The Wonder Spot, a refreshingly honest interpretation of one young woman's journey into adulthood. As we follow heroine Sophie Applebaum through a comfortable, yet awkward childhood in suburban Pennsylvania to the challenges of finding love and a career in midtown Manhattan, The Wonder Spot is never guilty of the self-indulgent traps set by other members of the Chick Lit genre Bank helped launch.

We first meet the Applebaum clan on their way to cousin Rebecca's bat mitzvah in Chappaqua, New York, where Sophie ends up sneaking cigarettes in the woods with a handsome eighth grader one year her senior. Yet even this minor rebellion is more charming than anything else; as with most of her future transgressions, Sophie is less the instigator than the innocent witness. Defining moments in Sophie's life are revealed through her relationships: an almost mythical college roommate named Venice; her charismatic yet capricious older brother; her brilliant younger brother; her unpenetrable father; and her hilarious grandmother, who takes it upon herself to save her "Sophila" from "impending spinsterhood." Of course no real journey into young womanhood is complete without a series of committment phobic, potentially deliquent, overly nice men whose appearances seem less about love than about demonstrating our heroine's inability to ever truly be comfortable with herself. As Sophie observes during a seventh grade skating party, "I felt sure that everyone was looking at me and then realized that no one was, and i experienced the distinct shame of each."

Undeniably clever, occasionally hilarious, and often poignant, The Wonder Spot is captivating enough for readers to forgive Sophie's indecisive, self-destructive tendancies and simply bask in her sincerity. --Gisele Toueg

 
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Used availability for Melissa Bank's The Wonder Spot


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Hardback Editions

November 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 1-58547-662-5 / 978-1-58547-662-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-670-91587-4 / 978-0-670-91587-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-670-03411-8 / 978-0-670-03411-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

November 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-14-103471-8 / 978-0-14-103471-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Wonder Spot-O.M.
Author(s): Bank Melissa
ISBN: 0-14-102667-7 / 978-0-14-102667-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-14-102184-5 / 978-0-14-102184-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-14-303721-8 / 978-0-14-303721-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-670-91588-2 / 978-0-670-91588-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2005 : USA Paperback
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-7394-6348-9 / 978-0-7394-6348-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2005 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-14-180609-5 / 978-0-14-180609-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Wonder Spot, the (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 1-4159-2046-X / 978-1-4159-2046-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2005 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 0-14-305765-0 / 978-0-14-305765-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: THE WONDER SPOT
Author(s): Melissa Bank
ISBN: 1-4159-2045-1 / 978-1-4159-2045-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2007 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Wonder Spot
Author(s): Melissa Bank
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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