The whole time I was reading The Wonder Spot I felt like I was reading about little pieces of me only from, like, a strange parallel universe where instead of being a black girl with a religious upbringing in the south and strange but sensible insecurities, I was a Jewish girl with a religious upbringing in the northeast. Sophie Applebaum's thoughts and insecurities and experiences at different stages in her life are so similar to mine. In a way, this novel has assured me that I'm not such a weird bird after all. This was the first time I've read a novel and really identified with a character so closely.
The Wonder Spot is a refreshing novel following the journey of a young girl into adulthood. It's realistic and honest. The friendships and relationships (romantic, platonic and familial) are all wonderfully crafted and all seem strangely familiar.
This would be a really-really good movie. Adult Sophie is SO Janeane Garofalo.
A friend of mine wrote that she gages how good a book is by how eager she is to read more works from the author, which is a pretty good measure. The Wonder Spot is awesome, and Melissa Bank's first novel, The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, is officially on my must read list.