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Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin
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Mar 18, 12

Read from March 08 to 15, 2012

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Naturally the premise of this book has the potential to tick off two particular groups of individuals: Christians and the general population of Dallas, TX. I can understand the sentiment but I don't have much sympathy.

Perhaps it is because I've come in contact with one or two individuals who hide behind the cross while promoting their own selfishness, but I see nothing wrong with exploiting this idea for the sake of entertainment. Most of the Christians I know are wonderful individuals but the fact remains there are people who don't necessarily live by the book they tout so highly. Accept it and understand that Gatlin isn't promoting the idea that the Church is in and of itself misguided, only that some of the flock have a tendency to live less than virtuous lives.

As for Dallas natives, I feel your pain. I really do. I was raised in Orange County (yes, that Orange County) about twenty minutes from Laguna Beach (yes, that Laguna Beach). I understand how you feel seeing your town, your home, being depicted so negatively in print. The subsequent television show doesn't help matters. Just tell yourself that people are smarter than that, by and large we know this isn't the real Dallas. Anyone who believes otherwise isn't worth the time it takes to correct them.

I think I've made it clear I that I am not factoring religious content or geographic representation into my rating. For me, Good Christian Bitches is a three star book. I couldn't buy into an entire neighborhood of upper class rich twits with nothing better to do than gossip and play stupid societal power games. More than that I can't believe in a character like Sharon, whose sole motivation is to destroy someone whose potential in the singles market outshines her own or Amanda, who only looks angelic because she is the only person who isn't out to screw someone else over.

I like the tongue in cheek premise of the book, but the shallow characterizations and simplistic plot killed what other potential the piece had going for it. Decent beach read or travel book.
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message 1: by Rio (Lynne) (last edited Mar 13, 2012 02:20PM) (new)

Rio (Lynne) I'm assuming the TV show is based off this?

Erin Yes but the t.v. show is sort of funny. This is pretty shallow.

message 3: by Rio (Lynne) (new)

Rio (Lynne) Just corrected my post. Had amusing instead of assuming. Well, it was 2am. I haven't seen the show, but heard it was cute.

Erin Hahaha, I read it as you meant it anyway. No worries.

Its fun. Be interesting to see how long it lasts considering all the flak it is getting from the church. The changed a lot of the book though which as far as I can tell is all for the better.

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