Blog Tour: The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything by Francine LaSala

Thursday, November 07, 2013


The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything by Francine LaSala
(Started: October 22, 2013; Finished: November 04, 2013)

Mina Clark is losing her mind—or maybe it’s already gone. She isn’t quite sure. Feeling displaced in her over-priced McMansion-dotted suburban world, she is grappling not only with deep debt, a mostly absent husband, and her playground-terrorizer 3-year old Emma, but also with a significant amnesia she can’t shake—a “temporary” condition now going on several years, brought on by a traumatic event she cannot remember, and which everyone around her feels is best forgotten. A routine trip to the dentist changes everything for Mina, and suddenly she's not sure if what's happening is real, of if she's just now fully losing her mind... especially when she realizes the only person she thought she could trust is the one she fears the most. 
This latest novel by Francine LaSala (Rita Hayworth’s Shoes) is a fast-paced, richly layered, and darkly humorous satire filled with quirky characters and unforgettable moments of humanity. (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: October 09, 2012
Available on: Amazon
Memories are tangible things we always hold on to. It keeps us track of our experiences, whether it's success and full of happiness or failures and disappointments. That's why losing it, for me, is one of the scariest things that could happen. I love memorizing things and retaining information. It's food for my brain and it's essential to writing and reading, of course. I can't imagine myself forgetting everything I have read in my entire life. That would really break me.

This was the main theme of this book. Mina Clark lost her memory and she cannot remember a single thing. People around her were also advised not to tell her anything from the past. She should learn it alone step-by-step. It was clear that the main point of the story that the readers should grasp is finding one's self both literally and figuratively speaking. The former is obvious since the protagonist has amnesia and the latter is more of knowing who you really are.

Some things I just like to adhere are the pacing of the story, the people around Mina, and herself. First, I think the storyline was really slow. It felt like running around in circles. At first it was alright since it gives off an aura of a mysterious case wherein you want to solve it immediately but it was overdone that I got to the point wherein I was totally tired that I wished the author just get to the point. I read this for so many days and I wish I could only just say it's because I was preoccupied with work. But it's partly because I really can't push myself to read more. It was a struggle to know the real reason why it happened to Mina and to know who are the people around her. Speaking of which, I want to strangle almost all of them. They were so precocious for the wrong reasons (which you find out why towards the end of the book). They were so gullible to not think otherwise. Third is Mina. I hate that she can't assert herself. I understand her case but still, I suppose she have her instincts in tact to feel if she is right or wrong, or if this person is good or bad for her. Though I appreciate the fact that she did look for ways to get her memories back and that she was able to fight everything because of her willpower.

Overall, The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything was weirdly different. It was new alright but it's not just for me. The events were not polished enough. But I appreciate it for discussing injustices when it comes to banking and loans (if that could make up for everything...).

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Happy Reading Everyone!

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FRANCINE LASALA has written nonfiction on every topic imaginable, from circus freaks to sex, and edited bestselling authors of all genres. She is now actively taking on clients for manuscript evaluations, editing services, copywriting (covers, blurbs, taglines, queries, and more), website and blog creation, and developing kickass social media campaigns. The author of novels Rita Hayworth’s Shoes and The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything, and the creator of The “Joy Jar” Project, she lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

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