Oct 22, 11
Read from October 15 to 22, 2011
Well, reading this book was me giving Kingsbury one last chance to reclaim her former writing ability. It didn't work. I get the feeling as I'm reading that these books are what Karen Kingsbury wishes her life were like. Perfection.
Bailey Flanigan gets a part in a major motion picture and a part in a Broadway show? Of course she does. A hot movie star is in love with her? Of course! Ashley Baxter gets her art accepted by a major NY gallery? Of course she does. Oh, there's adversity to overcome, but they always come through with shining colors.
I'm sorry, but real life doesn't work that way. If I wanted to read a fairy tale, I'd sit down with my daughter and read Cinderella. Just because you're a Christian doesn't mean you always get the perfect job doing what you love. It doesn't mean you always get the guy or have tons of money and a big house. Not everyone you meet (doctors, teachers, other professionals) all seem to be Christians! I'm starting to wonder if Kingsbury and I even live in the same country!
I don't know about you, but when I read a book I want it to be something I can relate to. I cannot relate to these books. At all. When I was a teenager, I didn't have a bunch of famous boys chasing me. I didn't have Hollywood and Broadway clamoring for my skills. Get real, Karen! Young women are only reading this book and wondering why they are so inadequate. After all, if they're Christians shouldn't God be blessing them similarly? I guess maybe I'm just too much of a realist for these books. So long, Karen.