Saturday, December 29, 2012

Was She Pretty?

After spending a whole month dedicated to the mammoth-sized Cancer Ward, I wanted to read something very easy and simple. Something that didn't take up a lot of brain power. I can't even bring myself to blog about it yet. I had seen Was She Pretty? on some Goodreads list on one of my late night binges, and on several blogs. The title is pretty universal. Leanne Shapton wrote and illustrated the book after finding herself incredibly curious about the exes of her lovers. This sparked a series of interviews with friends, friends of friends, and family about their exes and the exes of their exes. The result of this was often one-lined series of stories and line drawings about ex-lovers.

One of my favorites:

I think it's somewhere we've all been - driven insane with curiosity about the men and women that came before us. This book was insightful, thoughtful, and also thought-provoking and surprisingly with minimal hostility. 

Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton was the perfect book to move onto after Cancer Ward and I devoured it in just one evening before flipping back through it to my favorite passages and handing it off to my roommate. 

Have any of your exes had interesting quirks? What about your exes exes?


  1. Oh my gosh Courtney... can you keep a secret? I spent a few minutes stalking my ex's current girlfriend on facebook the other night, in the middle of the night. Even though I am at my happiest, he's still that one that can get to me. And yet-- i have this curiosity about his current girlfriend.

    so this book? Goodness I need it! I was intrigued by the tittle when i saw it on your instagram feed.

  2. This sounds like a really intriguing book! I just added it to my list on Goodreads. I always wonder about my boyfriends' exes, don't we all? Not just whether or not she was pretty, but about her habits, so I think this book would be really interesting!

    1. Did you get a chance to check this one out yet? It was a really interesting and intriguing read. There's not a lot to it, but each little sliver of each ex was very thought provoking and provided a story in the mind just on it's own!