The places I go

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Breakup Babe

The beginning of this book was filled with shocking parallels to my life. Protagonist (and let's face starts a blog after a nasty break up. Sends the link to a few friends. Begins to receive comments from admiring strangers. Forced to attend wedding of younger sister (for me, it was younger cousin) shortly after nasty break-up. Bored by her mind-numbing job, blogs at work, constantly afraid of getting caught. Starts dating and blogs about disastrous dates for amusement. Meets guy through blog and meets him in person, dubbing him "long distance boy".

When I first picked it up, I thought it was going to be more of what my idea was...a blog-form novel. Not so much. It was more a novel about writing a blog, which didn't excite me quite so much. (I'm still convinced my thing is possible. Meg Cabot has written entire novels in the form of e-mails, instant messages and inter-office memos. And quite successfully.)

And while the similarities were there, there were plenty of differences. She had a lot more sex than me, for instance. And there was the whole creating alter-egos thing (Captain Celexa, Sensible Girl and Needy Girl) who actually got dialogue in the blog. Clever, or kind of annoying? Hmm...

And she ended the thing by climbing a mountain. That's definitely not me. ;)

Overall, I enjoyed the writing style but was underwhelmed by the story.


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