Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review: Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner

Publisher: Harlequin

Goodreads Synopsis:

Teen Genius (and Hermit) Carrie Pilby's To-Do List:1. List 10 things you love (and DO THEM!)
2. Join a club (and TALK TO PEOPLE!)
3. Go on a date (with someone you actually LIKE!)
4. Tell someone you care (your therapist DOESN'T COUNT!)
5. Celebrate New Year's (with OTHER PEOPLE!)
Seriously? Carrie would rather stay in bed than deal with the immoral, sex-obsessed hypocrites who seem to overrun her hometown, New York City. She's sick of trying to be like everybody else. She isn't! But when her own therapist gives her a five-point plan to change her social-outcast status, Carrie takes a hard look at herself—and agrees to try.
Suddenly the world doesn't seem so bad. But is prodigy Carrie really going to dumb things down just to fit in?


I was really surprised by how much I liked this one. Probably because the cover (even if I do like it,) and the headline doesn't give a very good insight as to what it's about. The synopsis doesn't give as good of an idea as it could, either. The headline and the list on the back makes it look like it's going to be a book about a teenager trying to fit in at school or with a certain bunch of people. Which is not what this book it about.
The book is about Carrie Pilby, a nineteen year old girl, who has already graduated from Harvard. She's a prodigy and she's disappointed with all of the people out there who are not as smart as she is and who all act like idiots, at least in her opinion. And because of this, she doesn't want to go out and see people.
I liked how much she thought, because she thought about a lot of things and it was all very philosophical. I had quite a bit in common with her, because I think about things like she does, (for example, when she's talk about fate).
I liked her talks with her psychologist, and with her co-workers, and it was good of her to get out. I didn't much like her relationship with Matt, although I understand that she needed to have it. It gave her someone to be with and made her grow up a little bit, since she'd skipped a bit of high school. I didn't agree with it, but I understand the meaning of it. And, after her relationship with her professor, I see why she had it.
Her relationship with her father, I kind of understand. I sympathize, a little, why she was mad at him, because she felt that he lied to her, but I think it was a little dramatic for her to be. But, I guess, she was expecting more from people after all that he'd told her, while I have more of a realistic view of it. Still, it seemed a little ridiculous of a reason.
I did like the relationship that she'd started near the end of the book, and wanted to see a little more of it.
This book took me a little bit longer than most to get through, (about a week,) and that's probably because of all the thinking that she does. But overall, I enjoyed it. And it gave me quite a bit to think about.

1 comment:

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