I’ve been caught in a reading slump. I don’t know if I’m just distracted with my Child Development classes, or with all the excitement over the Giants entering the World Series, but I haven’t been able to finish any of the recent books I’ve checked out from the library. It took me about a month to finish The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo (which I liked, but didn’t love). One book actually made me really mad that I wasted my time reading 50% of it, and another book just wasn’t as enticing.
There will be a formal review for The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, but here are my brief reviews of the books that did not make the cut:
How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World
by Jordon Christy
This is a of a self-help book aimed at the fresh out of college, younger 20-somethings. I found many things wrong with this book, and I had to stop reading it during the chapter of “never let the boys call you, never make the first move because you’ll fail in the relationship” (That’s me paraphrasing the chapter). I found it a bit hypocritical when the author tells the reader to turn off the TV and stop following the media coverage of ditzy celebs, but then every example about poise, dress or anything else is set by some leading celebrity. There was no advice in this book that you wouldn’t find in the current month’s Cosmo magazine, and I didn’t really get the selling point of this book. The goal was to impress upon young women to act with the grace and charm of an Audrey Hepburn, but I felt that Christy got too tangled up in all the celebrity name & quote dropping to actually produce any quality advice.
The Smart One and the Pretty One
by Claire LeZebnik
I don’t normally read chick-lit, but this one caught my eye because it is a story of two sisters. Ava and Lauren reunite in their hometown of Los Angeles after finding out that their mother has cancer. Ava, as the older sister, is the mature lawyer always with a plan. Lauren is the younger sister, more frivolous and adventurous. I connected with the sisters from the start, there are a lot of similarities between Lauren & Ava that correlate to my relationship with my sister. My connection to the book was stranded on just the relationship of the sisters. All the men in the book were either obnoxiously arrogant or the complete opposite. I didn’t develop any sympathy for any of the characters and subsequently my interest in the book started to droop after the fourth chapter. I tried and failed at getting into chick-lit. That’s what I get for falling for a catchy synopsis.