A Hopeless Romantic


One day, I was chatting with one of my coworkers in the fiction section.  Absentmindedly looking around at the books, the title of this one immediately caught my eye.  A hopeless romantic?  Well, that sounds just like me.  After reading the blurb, I knew this had to be added to my list because the protagonist of the story sounds just like me: head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel, and a relationship that ends in a disaster and costs her friendships, her job, and her sanity.

Part one of this story lays out Laura’s life.  We learn she is a hopeless romantic who always manages to convince herself that the latest guy is The One.  In this case, it’s Dan.  Laura’s Dan reminds me of a Dan figure I had in my life.  While the end of our relationship wasn’t as dramatic as him getting another girl pregnant, it was still the end of my world.  Like Laura, I had to find my own light at the end of the tunnel, something to inspire me.  Irish dance was my savior.  My Dan figure ended things one afternoon, and that evening, I had dance class.  Without that activity to release my emotions for that instance, and all the other times I felt hopeless following the end of our relationship, I don’t know what I would’ve done with myself.  From then on, she swears to herself that she will never let herself get so wrapped up with her life with a guy who won’t commit fully.  She swears off being a hopeless romantic, throwing away the little trinkets from past relationships, her romance novels, and all the romantic movies she owns.

Something I still need to learn how to do apparently.

Part two encompasses Laura’s vacation, and the subsequent meeting of the Marquis of Raneleigh (Nick).  To a hopeless romantic, this is the ultimate catch. However, since Laura has decided to cut out the hopeless romantic part of her life, she vows not to let this take over her life.  She finally runs away from the situation, after attending a family party among the richer part of society purely because she felt that she didn’t fit in  Being heckled by Nick’s sister didn’t help either.  Subsequently, this is also the part where I lost it.  She’s being stupid and running away from the guy that’s really The One!  Not to mention I was also quite jealous that this would happen to someone.  Get real here.  How many random girls off the street are going to meet this perfect guy who just so happens to have a title and be filthy rich?  So bitter.

Without spoiling the little details that lead to the ending, of course, since it’s a romance novel, the Laura ends up happily in a relationship with Nick.  And this is what frustrates me.  The point of the book is that a hopeless romantic gets a grip with reality and still ends up happy.  I see where the author is coming from here, but this book has such a classic hopeless romantic plot that the theme doesn’t seem as effective.  I myself am going through my own hopeless-romantic-meets-reality journey, and I have not met any genuinely nice, yet fantastically titled men.

Despite the attempts to make this story like real life, it is hands down entirely fictional.  Sad day for me.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This book came to me.  Literally called out my name.  I shelved three different copies of it in one three-hour shift, so I figured it was fate and checked it out.  I did not know the reason behind its popularity until later in the day when I saw a twitter post saying that it will be made into a movie with Emma Watson.

I found this book to be a really easy read.  It is written in a sort of journal format.  I say sort of because the journal entries are supposed to be structured as letters the main character, Charlie, is writing to his “friend.”  Charlie is a freshman in high school, and this book tells the story of his adventures during his first year of high school.  Sometimes he kind of blathers on about life, goes off on tangents as awkward freshmen boys are wont to do.  Sometimes, what he’s writing about doesn’t make sense.  It makes you think, and wonder.  All qualities of a good read.

wall·flow·er (noun): a person who from shyness or unpopularity remains on the sidelines of a social activity; a shy or reserved person

Myself being a wallflower, here are the perks as I have observed, and that can be inferred from reading this book:

  • Above all, you have the power of really seeing people.  Charlie really gets and understand people, as he is sort of on the outside in most cases (that is, not in the thick of things), so he watches and observes a lot about people.  This in turn makes you more sympathetic towards others’ needs.
  • People confide in you, they trust you.  It’s probably because they know you wont be fickle and blabber their issues to someone else.
  • People assume you’re smarter.  As a wallflower, you’re always quietly observing and watching.  Because of this, people think you have excellent thinking and comprehension skills because when you do open your mouth, something well-formed and intelligent comes out.  In the case of the book, Charlie is actually quite intelligent, as is evidenced by his English teacher giving him special books to read and write reports on (like Catcher in the Rye, Separate Peace, This Side of Paradise, Naked Lunch, The Fountainhead, and To Kill a Mockingbird).

I really hope the movie lives up to the book, as some of the adventures are quite funny.  I look forward to seeing it, and maybe get some of those questions I had about things not making sense answered.

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons.  And maybe we’ll never know most of them.  But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where to go from there.”

Hello world!

Welcome to my third blog in the past few years.  I keep having to make new ones for each section of my life. (See Blogroll: Tumblr and RinceGoBragh).

This particular blog is to write about the books I read this summer of 2011.  My summer project if you will.  Being that I work in a library (see About), my goal is to read as many books as possible.  I will keep an updated list  of what I have read (see The Finished List), and will also keep you the readers updated on what I’m in the middle of (see Currently Reading)

I also welcome literary suggestions, which can be sent in the form of comments.  Most of what I read is materials I shelve.  I also have this guilty pleasure of reading romance novels for fluff reading before I go to bed.  I would like to expand my horizons here to other fluff reading.  Give me authors, or give me titles, either way, I will search down your suggestions and give them a shot.
I look forward to writing to you about my reads!


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