“I do not normally read novels like this one. I decided to broaden my horizon. The setting is present day and deals with texting, e-mails and Internet blogs. I belong to the baby boomer generation, and the characters in this novel belong to generation X. The plot revolves around a blog, Chick Habit, and the life one of its writers.
Sadly, the novel is realistic. I use this negative descriptor because of the behavior in it. Behavior that I am aware of, but I am not normally exposed to in my daily life. Those negatives include much cursing, sleeping around, getting drunk, taking illegal drugs, and bullying. All of these actions are presented as everyday life which, to me, is depressing.
I completed the book as I wanted to learn whether the main character grew emotionally and what resulted from the poor decisions she'd made.
I chose to share this book quote because the author used a word that I was not familiar with, and I wanted to learn its meaning. The definition appears after the quote which appeared on page 100.
"I don't have the heart to ruin this moment with my agita over the Rebecca West expose."
agita--verb Make (someone) troubled or nervous
On page 124 the main character states, "...I always hated being the only sober person at shows. I never quite felt polished enough to be there--not only at the shows but with Caleb--and drinking and the occasional recreational coke sniff helped me feel like I belonged." This is a sad, pathetic commentary on how some people cope.
On page 145, the main character's friend gives the main character her prescription drug stating, "It's a Xanax, the highest possible dose. I'm supposed to use them for my fear of flying but I think this is an even better purpose." Shame on both of them.
On page 238, the main character thinks, "I'm smiling for the first time in at least a day. After being on the defensive for so long, it feels good to be the one attacking for once." Two wrongs don't make a right.
As I stated above, this book was depressing because it showed some generation Xers in a poor light. Hopefully, this group is in a minority, but sadly, I think this may be wishful thinking.