Friday, September 30, 2011
What I Read - Waking Up in the Land of Glitter
When everything was going badly, I couldn't put the book down, eager to see how things would work out, or if they even would. And of course they do, which is slightly to the book's detriment. It isn't that I didn't want to see the ladies succeed and come out happy, but everything wrapped up just a little too nicely. *Spoilers Ahead* Star finally has an art show, and of course everything sells, plus she finally gets the love of her life and doesn't even have to try and make a long distance relationship work. Ofie discovers she's a natural at crochet, and of course she wins the speed crochet tournament at the Craft Olympics and ends up with all kinds of endorsements and a book deal. Chloe not only discovers true love, but, despite being completely disgraced on her own news show, gets an endorsement from a Rachel Ray-alike and a potential TV show. Even Benecio gets endorsements and guest spots, and his dad, a former workaholic, dedicates the rest of his time to his son.
And there's one thing that keeps niggling at me: at various points in the book, Ofie's mother-in-law tells her to take up crochet and offers to teach her, yet Ofie turns her down. But later, she has Benecio teach her (for no mentioned reason), without the book ever addressing that fact. The mother-in-law doesn't even bring it up. Not to mention the fact that Ofie claims to only know one stitch, double crochet. Wouldn't she have started with single crochet?
So yeah, while I enjoyed reading this book, the too-neat ending keeps me from really loving it. Still, it is very nice to have a book where crochet plays a good-sized part of the story without it being a mystery.