I'm Glad About You

I'm Glad About You

Theresa Rebeck / Apr 09, 2020

I m Glad About You The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettabl

  • Title: I'm Glad About You
  • Author: Theresa Rebeck
  • ISBN: 9780399172885
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life changing Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started Fierce and ambitiouThe pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life changing Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other Everything and nothing Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined Back home in Ohio, Kyle marries in haste and repents at leisure Reluctantly embracing life in suburban hell, he becomes a pediatrician While Kyle s dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions I m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.

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      • Theresa Rebeck

        Theresa Rebeck is a playwright She also works as a television writer Her input went into popular shows such as Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch She also wrote and produced Canterbury s Law, Smith, Law and Order Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue.Ms Rebeck has an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD in Victorian Melodrama, from Brandeis University She is a board member of the Dramatists Guild and has taught at Brandeis and Columbia Universities She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband Jess Lynn and two children, Cooper and Cleo.


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    1. Be careful what you wish for or you just might get it. We've all heard the saying before, but what might happen if that really was the way things worked? Theresa Rebeck's newest hit, 'I'm Glad About You,' takes a look at just that. Alison longs to be an actress, always wanting to be bigger and better than she is. After moving to New York from nowhere-ville MidWest, she finds that being a success isn't as easy as just wanting it. Kyle on the other hand, Alison's ex boyfriend whom she never quite [...]


    2. This book combined self-absorbed characters whose passivity became extremely annoying with a meandering plot that went nowhere. The first half of the book held some promise, but that was dashed when the remainder had me just wishing something interesting, and/or positive would happen. ARC received from NetGalley.


    3. TheSkimm.you let me down on this recommendation. Reading this book was like eating cheap chocolate. You know you shouldn't, but you do anyway and feel sick in the end from the bad chocolate. What a waste of time.


    4. I struggled with what rating to give this book, if I could I'd give it 2.5 stars. lowest rating I've given a book in a very long time. it started off great, hooked me from the start. Kyle and Allison were easy enough to identify with and relate to in the beginning. however, this is one of the most redundant books I've ever read. in the dialogue someone was always using an annoyed tone, then every other thought or action was a "betrayal" for one reason or another. Allison and Kyle were increasing [...]


    5. A funny story of two people meant to be togethert being together. If you meet your soulmate in high school, do you compromise your dreams to be with that person? If you're Alison, you don't. Alison is determined to become an actress in New York City. Kyle is happy living in Ohio as a pediatrician. But neither one of their lives works out the way they planned, and we, the readers, get to sit back and watch as their lives inevitably cross paths again. I'm Glad About You is charming and sweet.Tune [...]


    6. Shallow.Edit: So much time is spent talking about how smart the two characters are while they make so many stupid choices. I can't even remember their names and I finished this two days ago, but Mr. Pediatrician and Ms. Actress are just bad at life. Blame that on their upbringing or blame that on the writing, but I really cannot relate to either one of them.


    7. This had potential. I was enjoying the history and relationship between the two main characters, Allison and Kyle, at first. Then it started to turn into a lot of privileged people with non problems. I couldn't get on board with Kyle's misogynist attitude, and the way he forced his wife to stay married to him was horrifying. The book also couldn't stop referring to Allison's perfect beauty, amazing intelligence, grace, talents, and not to mention how amazing she was in the sack. The ending was d [...]


    8. I’m Glad About You is an okay book. I wanted to love it, to be so enthralled I couldn’t put it down, but that didn’t happen. There should have been that moment where I went awe, yea, I was waiting for this. I was waiting and waiting and waiting and it just didn’t come. The characters were decent, the potential for greatness was there. Theresa Rebeck has a great idea it just didn’t come through the way I wanted it to.Allison and Kyle were characters that some will like. I felt like they [...]


    9. Yuck. What an awful book. I wanted something light and fun, romantic. But this was just bad writing the whole way through. Stereotypical, mary-sue characters and just not funny or engaging in any way. I barely skimmed the last half. Just bad.



    10. The Navajo do not have the words for "I love you," believing that no one can possess another. So instead they say, "I'm glad about you."And this, faithful readers, is the essence of this book: it is not a love story, not the way you think - or hope - it will be. It's not a romance.It is, actually, a startlingly realistic look at what it means to fall in love when you're a teenager.Alison and Kyle meet in a rather symbolic way: they run into each other in the parking lot of a high school football [...]


    11. After reading the many negative reviews of I'm Glad About You, I find myself wanting to defend it. Which is weird, since I can't see myself actually recommending it. I've seen it called a beach read, but that's not quite right. It's too realistic for what most of us want from a beach reach (although I actually read it at the beach--go figure) and at times I found it a slog. Maybe I'd recommend this for young actresses who think they'd love to make it big.I'm Glad About You should disabuse them o [...]


    12. I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I think the idea is interesting, where you have two characters who go separate ways and then come together from time to time. You see their lives independently, and then see them intersect, and what influence that has on the next part of their lives. However, I guess I just didn't really like the characters. I found Alison got on my nerves (for example, she moves to New York and has no idea how expensive everything is. She takes a job and then [...]


    13. I adored this book. These dysfunctional characters wormed their way into my heart. While I'm a sucker for love stories I find these almost 'anti-love' stories interesting. I can't say what I loved so much about this book but the pacing was perfect and I really liked the style. The writing was direct but also with a little flare that kept me captivated. I loved the characters. They were a mess but they were real.


    14. I was incredibly disappointed in this book. It was not Crazy Rich Asians nor was it a mix of Nottinghill and any other book. The characters were as disappointing as their lives. It was really just depressing. I found nothing comedic about it at all. But, perhaps the author intended you to feel disappointed and depressed when you were done. If that is the case, then she succeeded.


    15. Just don't waste your time as you will not care about any of the meaningless characters or storylines in this book. There is so much disconnect here, Alison is a disaster on every level. I was annoyed the entire book.


    16. Meh and a rare DNF. Uneven from the start, like much of Rebeck's theatrical work. The principal characters felt constructed from a stack of cliches. I spent about 200 pages trying to care and then gave up.




    17. What the heck was the point of this book? Isn't some kind of resolution considered important anymore? Are the last five chapters missing? Did the author die before completing this book? Did she run out of time or interest and say screw it, im bored with this. I'm going to the mall? There were many plot lines in this book and not a single one of them had a resolution. Most characters made stupid decisions, some even made destructive choices with malicious intent. No one suffered any consequences. [...]


    18. I'm so disappointed that this was compared to Beautiful Ruins. This story has been done, and done so much better. There are potential new twists here but they were not well executed. Didn't really ever care for the characters either.


    19. I was quickly sucked into this book, and I really couldn't predict where it was going. Ultimately the narrative arc seems off--while it's generally pretty readable, it doesn't exactly resolve much, it just sort of runs out of gas. Like others, I got incredibly tired of the author's constant references to how Midwestern Allison was. I don't think she is more polite because she is from the Midwest but because she is in a rude industry! And the Midwest is a large and diverse area, where urban areas [...]


    20. Key charactersAlison and Kyle are the characters that make this book what it is.SettingsCincinnati and New York are the areas where almost everything in this book takes place. Settings are so important in books. I loved the author's description of Alison in New York and in her first apartment. I loved when Alison went home to see her family in Cincinnati and the author's descriptions of Alison's family at Christmas. I loved that Alison a young actresswas starving herself and all the food at her [...]


    21. I read this after a recommendation from The Skimm (never again). I liked the realism in the story. The idea of being at a point in your life where you realize how badly you screwed up with your choices in life was intriguing. I didn't like anything else though. I didn't believe they were each other's love of their lives; I took it to be true only because the author said it was. The way Alison and Kyle interacted with each other only suggested lust. Mentioning that they fought all the time when t [...]


    22. When I run or drive long distances, I listen to books on Audible, and I generally try to choose ones that aren't so heavy that I'll miss important details. This book is one of those, though I found the characters and their dilemmas a bit deeper than the usual for this type of book, if a bit frustrating. Maybe it's where I am in my life, and the fact that I now understand how people can make choices out of fear or convenience. Maybe it's that I can relate to the characters' inability to "get out [...]


    23. The perfect book to make you think on Valentine's day. A bittersweet love story, surrounded by second class love stories. The hero, Kyle, wants to be a doctor, and a good one. His high school love, Alison is meant to be an actress, thus she leaves the Midwest for New York, and spends years waiting for her chance. Kyle gets to be a pediatrician, in Cincinatti, where his father practiced for more than 40 years. The two of them have not forgotten each other. When Alison comes to the Midwest, they m [...]


    24. As someone who lives in Cincinnati, I was excited to read this book. I'm reading it with my book club and looking forward to seeing what my friends thought of it. For me, it was just an okay book. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I was hooked in the first chapter and lost interest as the book progressed. My main issue was with the portrayal of Cincinnati. The author made it sound like Cincinnati is some Podunk town filled with dumb, fat midwesterners. I get that Cincinnati is differ [...]


    25. It's a reality of life that you rarely live up to youthful ideas and ideals. In fact, priorities change, life takes you in directions you never expected. Here Rebeck explores the diverging lives of two high school sweethearts who hold each other deep in their hearts but rarely meet as they move away from those ideals and each other. In Alison you meet a determined woman who is making her dreams of acting real, even as what she accomplishes drags along its tawdry underbelly and imprisons her in r [...]


    26. If every decision is a hallway, and every option a door, our choices not only open those selected doors to all the possibilities therein, but insure, often irrevocably, that all other doors remain closed. In Theresa Rebeck's book, I'm Glad About You, two former lovers, Alison and Kyle, begin to lose sight of one another through these closed doors as their choices take them farther apart.Alison is a determined actress, desperate to follow her dreams, even as those dreams cause disappointment and [...]


    27. 3.5 stars.I picked up this book expecting a fun, smart and modern romance - a pair of likable leads, witty dialogue, and lots of delicious showbiz dish. For the most part, I got all that. Rebeck is a playwright and one of the creators of the TV show Smash, so she's familiar with the Hollywood star-making machine, and this certainly came through in the writing (it was my favorite thing about the book, in fact).What set this book apart from similar stories, for me, was a strong undercurrent of cyn [...]


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