What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thank you, no.

The invitation's in the title See What I See.  And I wish I would have declined.  For a bit I couldn't figure what why I was drawn to this book, what made me request it and then I remembered that somewhere I read that the main character, Katie was from Northern Michigan and she loved painting the landscape around her.  When I read Northern Michigan mistakenly thought it Northern Michigan meant the Upper Peninsula.  I think it is weird that Northern Michigan University is in the Upper Peninsula though.  See I really like the UP.  I haven't been there a lot, I've only traveled through it on three occasions and spent on night there on each of those same occasions, but I have had a pasty and it was very delicious. The whole UP seems like another world.  It is so peaceful and beautiful and really...natural.  Once while driving across it in a westerly direction I was lost and alone and it was one thirty in the morning or so.  No cars on the road, no lights on in the houses on the road.  Well, no houses on the road.  I just thought it would be neat to read with a main character who came from the UP.  I have no idea from where Katie comes.  It might say, but I don't care to find out because I found her to be one of the most foolish characters, foolish and, ultimately selfish, I have ever met.  The decision she makes at the very end of the book is so incredibly selfish and thoughtless that if were Katie's mom I think I would have disowned her. 
I am way ahead of myself.
Katie receives a scholarship to art school in Detroit.  It's probably supposed to be the College for Creative Studies but the name of the school is not mentioned, which is just kind of weird and makes the book even more...oh let me pick a really descriptive, intelligent word...blah.  That's it.  It makes the book even more blah.  Katie has a boyfriend of convenience named...I don't remember.  He attends a big school in the UP.  I guess it could be MNU or Marquette.  She doesn't say and maybe that's okay because who cares?
She receives this scholarship and is really excited about going, but the deal is, the scholarship doesn't cover room and board.  She and her mother have always struggled financially because Katie's father left them to pursue his career as an artist.  He became quite famous and never looked back. 
The story of the obsessed, self-destructive artist is not new and Katie's father is a the stereo-typical tortured artist.  The author brings nothing new to his personality. 
Some of Katie's choices are just completely bizarre, IMO and I was reminded of Ship Breaker and True Diary in that it raises questions about how "family" is defined.  But don't misunderstand me, this book didn't do that well.  It was just...blah.

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