Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review, TLC BOOK TOUR: Not That Kind of Girl by Carlene Bauer

genre: memoir

Carlene Bower's early life was filled with Jesus and a fear of his second coming. Her education at religious schools prepared her to choose their interpretation of God's path but didn't arm her with any self-confidence or much of a conviction that life was supposed to be a wonderful thing. The majority of this book is her experiences in college, when she decides that while she's not ready to loose her virginity or try drugs, she IS interested in finding out more of what the world has to offer. So, she moves to New York City and starts trying to make a place for herself in a town overflowing with talented and beautiful people.

Much of this book is Carlene's search for what she really wants. What WILL make her happy? Writing? Partying? A man? New York City? God? Some of her musings really resonated with me as she picked apart her responses and actions - but other times, I felt like she glossed over some really major decisions, which felt out of place with the rest of the narrative. I enjoyed her crisp and descriptive prose - and she's very self-effacing so I wasn't annoyed by her tone and she clearly wants to understand herself and her relationship with God and the universe. She has a beautiful way with words that made her world very real.

In the end, for me, though, I just didn't catch the vision of it. I felt like the crux of this book: her feelings about God and her decision to be a virgin and when to let that go, were discussed and discussed by never resolved in a concrete way. I ended up feeling sometimes a bit bored and sometimes a bit frustrated by the process. I will say, though, that for others who have searched for God (or had him handed to them as a child), found him again and then wondered if that was enough - this book would probably feel very familiar and worth picking up.

Since we're on a book tour, I'd love for you to go check out some other opinions! Please go HERE to learn more about Carlene and read other reviews.


bermudaonion said...

Hm, I can see where that might appeal to some people, but I think I would feel frustrated too.

morninglight mama said...

I felt frustrated by the lack of resolution in this book, too, Corinne. I thought the author had a beautiful way with words, but I did find myself frustrated with her often.

Anonymous said...

I'm usually leery of books like this, so I'm not surprised that it didn't turn out to be a great read. Thanks for your review and for being a part of the tour - I just wish it turned out better for you.

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