What She Saw... by Lucinda Rosenfeld

What She Saw...

A fresh (in more than one sense) and honest new voice in fiction is extravagantly displayed in this first novel that candidly dissects modern romance.Plagued with weird parents, an underdeveloped body, and a mind on the verge of self-deconstruction, Phoebe Fine feels ill-equipped for a journey through the hardening chambers of the late twentieth-century heart. But from fifth grade and Roger Mancuso, equal parts baby Brando and court jester, throu...

Details What She Saw...

TitleWhat She Saw...
Release DateSep 4th, 2001
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Novels

Reviews What She Saw...

  • Snafujello
    I couldn't put this book down, but i tend to have a morbid sense of humor. The main character is deeply depressed. At the same time I had a very sick fascination with learning more about her. If you are looking for a cute pick me up romantic story this is not it. I think the main problem for most people is that Phoebe is extremely unsympathetic, but what I appreciated is that the author never pretends otherwise. The character thinks too much, smo...
  • Anna
    A completely unlikable main character made this book torture to get through. She goes through each guy she has ever dated, like or looked at chapter by chapter. I found myself rooting for her to stay alone and miserable.
  • Naomi
    I've never been so excited and pleased to finish a book. This was absolutely the worst thing I've read in months and I would not recommend this book to a friend, enemy or neutral acquaintance. Had I not spent the week reading this book, and had I not had a reading goal for the year, I would have abandoned this book after Phoebe Fine's elementary years. Never in my life have I read a fictional character with so little to sympathize with. Rosenfeld...
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    I'm not sure why I finished this book, when I knew 50 pages in that I wasn't really interested in it. But finish I did, and I have to say, I was left entirely dissatisfied. I don't know if it was the third person point of view that disconnected me from the novel's protagonist, Phoebe Fine, or if it was the repetition of chapter after chapter depicting boring boyfriend after boring boyfriend, but I really felt that this was nothing more than a boo...
  • LillaLovesBooks
    This book is like nothing I’ve ever read before. I was wary to reads this because of the low ratings on goodreads, but I’m glad I did. Phoebe Fine can be an infuriating character. Some decisions she makes can make you laugh or shake your head as well as your fist. I understand how she could be unlikable, but I felt that was what made her human. Phoebe was a myriad of contradictions, but aren’t we all?Her romantic endeavors made for an enter...
  • Joe
    Soon after I read this book, I tossed it out along with my retro polyester pants and orange creepers. The concept of the novel is a clever one and it starts out as being cute and funny. Even as a gay male, I could identify with Phoebe and a lot of her unwise choices in men.Then somewhere along the line, the book loses what little bit of charm it has and suddenly you're finding yourself not liking Phoebe that much. As each man revolves his way thr...
  • Jessi
    I'm not sure which book or blog recommended this book (I think it might have been Nancy Pearl's Book Lust) but it was okay. Most reviews either loved or hated this book but I'm more ambivalent. Phoebe Fine is a girl growing up in New Jersey at the beginning of this book. She is not the best looking girl, at least in her own estimation, but she yearns for a boyfriend. The rest of the book is an exploration of the rest of Lucy's life, told through ...
  • Heather
    Sometimes I need some chick lit...I don't really remember anything about this book.
  • Christine
    Thrift store find. I don't think I'll finish it. The beginning was funny and bright, but now we are in poor Phoebe Fine's long terrible teens-early twenties. I didn't really need a reminder of how horrible those years were, but also, there's nothing much to LIKE about Phoebe. She's depressed and has food/anorexia issues, but where's the SPARK of her personality? It's not there. And though I liked, in the beginning, the premise of telling someone'...
  • Jessa
    I read this book because it was on the must read books in your 20s list and I absolutely agree. This book is one of those that makes you sooo uncomfortable because you realize how vain and awful we are as human beings. Someone recently told me the pursuit of happiness is a Western cultural construct and after reading this novel, I completely agree.The story follows Phoebe Fine and her romances from Middle School through her 20s. Each one is a bat...
  • Gabriela
    This book was an overdose of less than desirable modern life. I identified more than I cared to. Because it was good I felt nauseous reading it. The ending was what I predicted - it wasn't an answer to anything but it was the only plausible answer to her life.
  • Nickoleta
    It's been years since I first read this...I remember the first chapter about the German pen pal was hysterically funny, but I lost interest after that. Yet I kept reading, hoping it would get better...and I don't think it did.
  • Kimberly
    Easy read. I liked how raw it was. A little raunchy. But somehow relatable in ways. A good guilty pleasure read.
  • christa
    best. chicklit. ever. phoebe fine goes through her history of men. one man per chapter. my favorite is pablo miles and how the sexualize the topography of the apartment. i steal that line a lot.
  • Shayna Marks
    This got rave reviews. I don't know why.
  • Elle
    This was a novel that was easy to read, well-written, and has left me thinking less about the character Phoebe and more about my own late adolescent self. The story, told by Phoebe, is structured around the men that romantically (or should I say sexually?) color her life. It is, if not unnervingly similar to the questions and experiences I imagine most young adult women go through to some degree, illuminating to read as an older 20-something who ...
  • Tina Madan
    The book was an easy read, but was recommended to read in my 20s. It was awful at describing romance and dating at this age. But! It was wonderful at describing what it should be, which is not what the main character is going through. She is unlike able after high school and eventually the narration tells the reader that she is aware of how she's being detrimental to herself. And she puts herself into a low, no self respect position that makes me...
  • Johanna Descoins
    Up until page 260 (out of 284) I was so incredibly tempted to throw this book in the recycling. As other reviewers have mentioned, the main character is so unsympathetic and such a gross caricature of a human being that she's literally painful to read about, and impossible to care about. I have never met a person or a fictional character with so few redeeming qualities (or really, no redeeming qualities.) Reading this book felt like being forced ...
  • Sara
    What She Saw... was refreshingly different from the other novels I've been reading lately (The Emperor's Children, the Divergent trilogy, etc) so I definitely can't say I didn't enjoy it. I'm assuming the theme of this novel is simply that you can pick yourself up and move on after any terrible relationship, as our protagonist Phoebe certainly does time and time again. Still, I was left wanting more. I wanted the author to answer my question of "...
  • Josh
    This book chronicles the love life of a “chick” from middle school to early twenties. Each chapter is entitled “in Guy X”. So the title of each chapter is, “What she saw in Guy X.” The premise is clever, and it works. The character is all too believable, exhibiting a lack of self esteem and poor choices all throughout her love career. I did not like the protagonist and found her shallow and uninteresting. The fact that the book ends w...
  • Min Wan
    What She Saw... takes the reader through the odyssey that is Phoebe's love life. It is interesting to watch Phoebe grow up before our eyes, beginning with a sweet, curious kid to a messed-up adult still in search of love and fulfillment. autocom cdp pro The men that come into Phoebe's life sometimes stay, most often go, but always leave behind a piece of themselves that Phoebe carries with her. It is also interesting to see how each relationship ...
  • James Wagner
    “Well, let it pass, he thought;April is over, April is over.There are all kinds of love in the world,but never the same love twice."- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Sensible Thing, 1924, from the preface of What She Saw...: A Novel"Moreover, there were times when she thought she loved Kevin, too. Though what she probably loved even more than Kevin was the idea of someone being in love with her. It seemed like a radical notion. It seemed like the 'rea...
  • Elysabeth
    I liked this book a lot -- despite some of the bad reviews I've seen. This book tracks the life of Phoebe Fine as she moves from (dysfunctional) relationship to (dysfunctional) relationship. Yes, Phoebe has her problems, and has her destructive tendencies, but I truly was cheering for her the entire time. I think, as a woman in my late 20s (and happily married, I should add), I could identify with some of her relationship hangups, even if only so...
  • Michelle
    I was absolutely thrilled with the format and raw honesty of this book. Did I love the main character? As all the other reviewers have pointed out, no, I did not love the main character. Phoebe is a depressed narcissistic anorexic and is actually quite boring. But the point of the book for me was that it doesn't matter what Phoebe was actually like, being young means learning about yourself through experience and often through the eyes of those p...
  • Rachel
    This was a quick/fun read. While my list of boyfriends is smaller than Phoebe's, many of her relationships had familiar quirks and emotions. The novel's relatability (is that a word?) is its strength, and the humor helps too. As I read, I also noticed that the numbered characters on the front really did match up with their chapters, looks-wise, so that was fun. It did take some time to warm up to Phoebe herself; a first person point-of-view might...
  • Ange
    Each chapter of this book is about a different romantic interest in Phoebe's love life. She's the progeny of a music-geek family and her older sister is leaving big footprints for Phoebe to follow in. This is a coming of age story and one that I could certainly identify with, at least from the viewpoint toward the string of unsuited suitors. As the reader and one who recalls with vivid memories the various loves of her life in chapters, I could e...
  • Amanda
    I found this book on a list of books you must read in your 20's and after reading it, I understand why. It is sort of a coming of age novel about a girl told through her relationships from the time she was young to her mid-20s. Some people believe their life is defined by their relationships and the main character seems to think that as well. I liked the format of the book but I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to. The character was ...
  • Nicky Enriquez
    At this particular moment, I feel as though this was the perfect book for me to read. It's interesting to experience the transgression of Phoebe's relationships with time. Rosenfield also describes the relationships Phoebe has with her "best friend at the moment" during her escapades with these gentlemen, and that was an intriguing aspect to examine in parallel with her romantic relationships. I think I learned some things about myself in the pro...
  • Elisabeth
    This was a really good coming-of-age but never really getting there kind of book. I identified with Phoebe and then she went batshit on me. But the character descriptions made me laugh and I didn't want to stop reading about this girl even though I stopped understanding her compulsion to make a mess of her life. I actually liked that all of Phoebe's worst characteristics were shown because I know there have been times where I thought all I had we...
  • Brooke Bunce
    This book was endlessly frustrating, with a vacuous central character who continued to make the same mistakes over and over again. I guess that was the point, and at times I hated myself for actually identifying and relating to Phoebe, but it still left me with a "meh" sort of feeling. What did the character learn? How did she grow? Who WAS she, really? One of the cover quotes compared this book to Erica Jong's "Fear Of Flying," but I think this ...