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True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies
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Jan 11, 2012

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It's appropriate that this book has "Me" in the title. It's primarily a first-person introspective of a young woman going through an existential crisis of confidence. It was interesting, almost like reading a personal journal.

This is true girlie stuff: insecurity, hating your appearance, self-loathing, consumed by the opinions of others. The author did a great job of putting you in the shoes of a girl going through these difficult emotions. You feel the lead character buckling because of her lack of self-confidence, lack of a foundation. It's fascinating to me on two accounts: 1) how nearly universal it seems for women, and 2) how different guys are.

The girl in True Things is always looking in the mirror and either degrading herself or not connecting with the person she sees. The male perspective is the opposite. You better connect with that guy in the mirror and act in a way that makes you proud of yourself, or else all is guy-lost. It reminded me of a poem that Da Coach Mike Ditka often quotes called the Man in the Mirror.

For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

Well, that diary of the female experience is the first 2/3 of the book, and it's pretty riveting. But dop... the last 1/3 of the book kind of collapses into a more plot-oriented story and loses its way. It was a disappointing ending, but it's tough to write a good ending, eh.

Regardless, True Things was a worthwhile read.
yow, bill

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