The book was enjoyable. There were some misogynistic and racist jokes and comments made, most of which were about women of the "dat ass, dem titties"The book was enjoyable. There were some misogynistic and racist jokes and comments made, most of which were about women of the "dat ass, dem titties" variety.
Of course, a cis-white dude wrote the book so I expected as much given how he prefaced with book.
As far as content goes, it's good. I liked that he mentioned immigrant workers and gave a voice to their struggles but sometimes, he'd distract away from that and would get somewhat self-centered or vanilla hero-y. I understand he's in no position to talk as if he knew of their struggles but he can mention it, which he did so that's good.
It's a quick read and helps people understand the business of waiting as well as the personal strife waiters and waitresses must suffer under. I'd really love to hear about the same topic through a different perspective, preferably of the women of color variety. But again, it's good if you wanna get the basic gist of how much it stinks ass to work as a restaurant slave server....more
PROS: Easy read. Great dialogue. Fairly good pacing. Fairly realistic.
CONS: Something BIG happens and it's brushed off to easily. Virginia's relatioPROS: → Easy read. → Great dialogue. → Fairly good pacing. → Fairly realistic.
CONS: → Something BIG happens and it's brushed off to easily. → Virginia's relationship with her family is left too open-ended.
COMMENTS: This was a pretty good read. It's written in a way that feels like Virginia (the main character) sounds like she's talking to the reader so that makes it a lot easier. I have a few major complaints with this book; there are just a couple of things I wanted to bring up.
As far as Virginia's parents go, it was great that things got better between the three of them but I wish there was more. It left me asking, "Did her mother start treating her better? Are they more communicative as a family? Did they handle Byron in the way he deserves to be handled?" There were too many loose ends and I wish there was something more that would have given the reader a good understanding that Virginia has a better, more concrete relationship with her parents.
I'm glad that Virginia's reaction to what her older brother did was realistic. She would never forgive him; nor would I if someone close to me did something so horrendous. When she visited Annie, I felt like Annie's reaction to the situation was too easy. Had it been more like Chunhua's reaction in Episode 4 of Harry's Law (great show, by the way, I definitely recommend it) where it showed that she was in extreme emotional pain, sought her friends for support, went to therapy, and then she explained that she wouldn't let the situation get the best of her as opposed to her just saying, "I'm okay. I won't let it get the best of me," it would have been much more realistic and empowering. The author could have written another 50 pages depicting the relationship Virginia and Annie develop together. There seemed to be no struggle with Annie and I wish the author would have illustrated that better because this scene could have been so much more than what it is.
I also wish that, in all of his shame, the author developed Byron (Virginia's brother) more and that he'd at least apologize. Her family as well. It angered me that no one visited Annie except for Virginia and even her visit wasn't satisfying enough. The fact that she learned something from what Annie said was also unsatisfactory. It's important that young women see the steps of recovery if you're gonna write about such a sensitive topic.
There were a couple of characters I wish the author developed more. Anais, for example. You never see her. I know she's in the Peace Corps but she could have written letters back and forth with Virginia to better show her thoughts and more of her personality. She's always spoken about in past tense and she sounds like a character I could be friends with. I also wish they developed Alyssa Wu a littler more rather than just being the jittery, Asian girl, especially if the author is going to pair her up with someone.
Most of the ending felt a bit like the author rushed it because she had another project on the side which is a shame because this book had a lot of potential to empower women. It's great that she brought body image into the picture the way she did. Virginia started out as self-loathing but I like the way she grew to love herself more and stop caring about what others think. I believe that's a positive message to send out to young women. I just wish the plot and the rest of the characters were just as well-developed....more