I was wandering through the library (after realizing that about six books I wanted were all unavailable) and made my way over to the non-fiction section. I was in the mood for something inspiring, but not too fluffy. I had an utter fail with Paris In Love (surprising seeing that I spent a semester in France) and this title caught my eye.
Synopsis (from book cover):
Like most women, whether they’ve chosen the Fortune 500 career path of have had five kids by 35, Anna David wondered if she’d made the right choices. Then she came upon the book Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan‘s fearless leader from the mid-sixties to late nineties. Immediately connecting with Gurley Brown’s unique message of self-empowerment combined with femininity, Anna vowed to use Sex as a lesson plan, venturing our of her comfort zone in the hope of overcoming th fears and insecurities that had haunted her for years. Embarking on a journey both intensely personal and undeniably universal, she becomes adventurous and spontaneous – reviving her wardrobe and apartment, taking French lessons, dashing off to Seville, and whiling nights away with men she never would have considered before. In the process, she ends up meeting the person really changing for: herself.
Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to the hype I had in my mind. I was hoping for an Eat, Pray, Love meets Sex and the City type book. Something to which I could relate – going on a self-propelled journey to better know yourself. To better yourself in ways that you never thought you could. This wasn’t it. I found David’s tone to be a bit whiny at times. The majority of the book was ‘meh.’ Nothing that I would have picked up knowing how lackluster it would be for me. I was continuously waiting for the moment where I could relate to her; it came (in a very small portion) when she describes cooking meals. Disappointing, and I didn’t even get any solid takeaways or ideas of how to create my own journey.
Rating: 2 out of 5