I don’t recall how I stumbled across this book–maybe on Twitter, I don’t know. I’m glad I did though. I liked it a lot. This book which I did not expect had me asking a great deal of questions about myself. I know I am not the beautiful and exotic Sydney Zamora (most days I’m hardly even passing for okay looking) but I related a lot to this character. Minus the high paying job interviewing celebrities and svelte abs.
However, on so many things I relate. It has made me recall more than I’d like to admit, conversation I have had with people at their wits end with me about how arrogant I can come off or how distant I am. Huh?? Apparently, the impression I give off is a whole heck of a lot cooler than I actually am. Granted, I say this because like Sydney I am extremely guarded. I am, I own it. With that said, I have found no reason to be an open book. I have this blog and I have made one or two very personal post…it’s out there. I do not use it however to post my every random thought, issue, or latest woe. Seriously, who wants to hear that. I once worked with someone and had an awkward relationship with someone else, who constantly said, ” I just can’t read you?”. My thought, Why the hell do you want too? I am sure this is why romantic relationships and I don’t do very well.
Back to the book. As I began reading this book and I looked for more from the author only to find out that the she had passed away earlier this year. This was a bummer for more than one reason. I have long looked for a chick-lit type book with a complex cast of characters. The characters in the book were of all colors, ethnic groups, and sexual orientations. This was important to me for several reasons: 1) The author is African-American, 2) This was a story for everyone. 3) I did not have to deal with ebonics in the dialouge, 4) The environment was relatable. On top of that we got to discover the characters anxieties and insecurities. We learned that she was anxiety medication and like some of us in out late-20s and 30s we still have no idea what we are doing.
I will say that this is not the best book ever written but I do not regret reading it and I would recommend it to people I know that want to read something where the main character understands your plight.