November 4, 2014

This Book Comes With a Side of Cheese[y]

Card @ Someecards

Card @ Someecards

I’m a glutton for punishment.  What is that the third deadly sin? I have it.

My first Penguin Random House Proof

My first Penguin Random House Proof

I said yes to a book about love from Plume (my first Penguin Random House imprint – AH, they’re a duo)! I know, I know, kick me while I’m down.  It could be worse.  My students could spread a rumor that I didn’t get dumped, I got engaged! And then when my most favorite thug comes in he yells, “Ain’t nobody hittin’ that, her fingers going to be stale!” Oh wait, that did happen to me last week.  I should probably not share my relationship status with my students because, let’s be honest, they’re worse than Facebook.

The Look of Love by Sarah Joi (Goodreads Cover)

Anyway, I just finished The Look of Love by Sarah Joi.  She’s written like 729 books, but this is the first one I’ve read and that’s probably due to the fact that I usually avoid cheese, with a side of swiss, like this book.   Guys, I have quit so many books this year.  If I had a blog for the books that I only read some of in 2014, it would be SO MUCH better than this blog right now.  I’m not even sure I read a book in October…that’s really sad, isn’t it? I guess it just took “a little bit of love, a little bit of love is lovely.” Just a little New Edition for ya.

Photo by me @ Ashevile

Photo by me @ Ashevile

This book wasn’t bad.  It was just SO cheesy.  Here goes the plot: a girl named Jane (typical) is about to turn 30.  And we all know that the eve of 30 is the worst time in a woman’s life because for some reason we feel like we’re officially old (and brittle) by the time we’re 30.  I literally announced to my best friend last week, “Oh my God, I’m closer to 30 than 20.” What is wrong with us, women? Anyway, Jane gets this odd birthday card about a gift she has.  She goes and sees Colette and Colette informs her that she has the ability to “see love.”  As in, when love is around, her eyes fog over and she has to find the nearest bench.  The deal is, she has to use this gift to find the seven types of love: agape, storge, pragma, philautia, phillia, ludus, and ero, or she will be forced to live without love for the rest of her life. You can imagine where this is going. It wasn’t A Walk to Remember, or P.S. I Love You, but it was intriguing.   It gave me all kinds of insight about women in love that I knew, but buried deep somewhere and hoped I would never have to face.  It reminded me what we’re willing to sacrifice for love, which is both scary and comforting.  There are people in the world that believe in that soulmate, star gaze, romcom shit still.  It’s kind of heart-warming going into a holiday season.

Flower by me from Biltmore House

Flower by me from Biltmore House

Sarah Jio, I think I can say, probably writes mostly women’s fiction, and she doesn’t have any terribly moving lines.  There were a few quotes that made me realize how much I want a boy to send me flowers.  Can we get that back? And now girls, don’t lie…you don’t dislike flowers just because they die.  I know we’ve all said that when we get a weird look from some judgmental jerk we’re dating, but every girl loves a flowery something. She used Fitzgerald’s epic line, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”  However, my favorite moment is when Jane is talking to one of her friends who thinks she’s found true love in the man across the street, problem is, she’s already married to the biggest sweetheart ever, she says, “I’m not saying anything.  I just think you should own that love and not be apologetic about it.”

Blackoutpoetry @ Instagram

Blackoutpoetry @ Instagram

And that’s the line that stays with me. As woman, after a break-up, we always sit around and rehash the situation.  My autocorrect turned rehash into rehab and I think that’s an appropriate word here too.  Our girlfriends help us spell out all the awful adjectives that describe those former loves.  Ugh, he didn’t even like his Grandma.  Or Ugh, he couldn’t even fix my car when it broke down, what kind of man is that?  But here’s the bottom line, you loved that smelly, unfixable, heartless, throbbing, boy wonder, and you need to just own it and move on. No time is wasted even if you poured used cat litter on his pictures.  Life is precious, isn’t that the OLD old saying?  Let’s just keep it that way and own the precious. And then remind ourselves that we’re not together with that man anymore, not only a. because we dated another douchebag, but b. because the world has bigger plans for us…maybe not romantic plans, but just plans, and they’re big, moon walk right into them.

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19 comments so far.

19 responses to “This Book Comes With a Side of Cheese[y]”

  1. Amanda says:

    Ah, Random Penguin. Why couldn’t they have actually CALLED themselves Random Penguin? I feel your pain about the unfinished books. I’ve read so many disappointing literary fiction books in the past two years. Not sure I’ll pick up this one – women’s fic isn’t really my thing. Have you read Brooklyn, Burning, by Steve Brezenoff? If you haven’t, I must insist you do so. That book. THAT BOOK. It gives me feels. All the feels.

    • Cassie says:

      Ah! What’s it about? I totally will. Women’s fiction is definitely not my thing. I do appreciate it though for being the thing to get me back into reading a few years ago. What disappointments did you read?

      • Amanda says:

        Most recent was The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar. There was also The Kept by James Scott (couldn’t finish it) and Ghost Moth by Michele Forbes. I think the last literary fiction book I finished and loved was Enon by Paul Harding. Oh! And Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. Loved that one.

      • Amanda says:

        I’m such a dork! I totally forgot about Tana French’s THE SECRET PLACE. SO GOOD. I wanted to crawl inside it and never come out.

  2. Brianna Soloski says:

    She’s a prolific author for sure. She’s got a very charmed life (she also writes a weekly column for Glamour, a la Carrie Bradshaw). I might be using the word prolific wrong. What do I know? This sounds very Sophie Kinsella to me, which leads me to believe I’ll skip it.

    • Cassie says:

      It is very Sophie. It kind of bothers me that a writer like this makes more money than some of the best literary writers. I do totally want to read her column.

      • Brianna Soloski says:

        Pretty much. As an independent author, I get frustrated when I see so many people having success as if by magic and I struggle to make ends meet. That’s kind of what my tweet was about the other day (the one you favorited) about smart people and how I don’t fit.

  3. Lani Metzner says:

    I love your review more than the chocolate I ate today. I really try to like Sarah Jio because in all the book clubs she’s the “ladies lady” and everyone seems to love her. I’ve read four of her books now and I can’t help but roll by eyes without fail, the first chapter in. I’m a glutton for punishment (and cheesy literature apparently) because I’ll probably read this one too!

    • Cassie says:

      There’s something happy about literature like this I think. It makes people believe in goodness. I think that’s the draw. There were sad moments, but they were expected. Let me know how you like it.

  4. Not a lot of standout reads this year and I’ve paused a few really popular ones after reading 50% like The Son and The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
    Still, you never know when a book like this might be a winner, just yesterday I had a book recommended to me from a reliable reader called Homemade Love by J. California Cooper and I thought, What? But turns out its quite the gem of a book, and short stories too, maybe you ought to try a little home made. 🙂

    Have you read Jennifer Clement’s Prayers for the Stolen? One of my favs for 2014.

    Happy Reading!

  5. cricketmuse says:

    I read You Before Me just to see for myself if I was missing something. My idea of romance is Jane Eyre or P&P–no cheese please.

  6. Bea says:

    I am loving your philosophy about “owning the precious”. As we go through life, there are ups and downs, but we do need to own the downs and the ups. Life is an education and an adventure. It sounds like you are doing both. Good job, and great blog!

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