**This book was received as a free Advanced Reader's Copy**
think I may be the wrong audience for this book. While I worry about
everything under the sun (and a few things above it as well) I just
couldn't relate to the author and her life. Now granted, I'm a single
woman with no kids and only a few cats to keep me company, but in theory
we were kind of similar at those times where she was single in the
Confessions of a Worrywart is Susan Orlins memoir of her
life from middle school until the present. A lot of it has to do with
her obsession over boys; meeting them, doing things with them, finding
that one and special love. Although she's not one for settling and
actually bounces around searching for what she wants for awhile. She
goes on to meet a man whom she marries and has kids with (3 daughters)
and settles into the role of raising them until something comes along to
change that as well.
This is a memoir, so it is about Susan.
And I'm sure in person she is really interesting, she sounds confident
and fun to be around based on this book. But actually reading about her
life in that big of a time span, I just had trouble keeping interested.
I'm not boy crazy by any means, and I found the amount of time she
spent obsessing about men inconceivable to me. Although I do admire the
way she appreciates her single time and isn't afraid to do anything on
her own, I feel that a lot of it she didn't seem to enjoy because she
was too busy worrying about a man showing up. Her daughters make small
appearances in this book, and I would have liked to find out more about
their lives; what careers they went into, etc. Her ex-husband she wrote
about fairly and it seems like they've got a working relationship for
the kid's sake.
The book was well written. Orlins puts a little
humor into her books, although I was a little startled at the beginning
when certain sexual things were just throw right in there with no
warning. It doesn't bother me at all, it just completely switched the
whole tone of the book when I wasn't expecting it. I did find that the
book was a little overly long and detailed for my taste. But once
again, that could be because I couldn't relate to the author. It was
broken up into chunks of years that were mostly in a time consistent
order and situations within those chunks of years. I found her stay in
China especially interesting and it was probably one of my favored parts
of the book. One thing I do have to say though, is that this book
talks about her being a worrywart. I really didn't see any of that
worrying until well over a hundred pages into the book, and even then it
wasn't something I associated with a worrywart, just a normal amount of
worry. The memoir was more about life in general.
grew up in Orlin's surroundings might get a better appreciation for this
book than I did. While it was easy to read and had well articulated
thoughts, I just couldn't get into the book.
Confessions of a Worrywart