Interim Book Review: Bitch is the New Black
Progress – 89% complete. I wouldn’t normally write a review without completing the book, but I wanted to put down some of my initial thoughts. I’ll follow up with a review of the bookclub meeting that’s scheduled for Sunday.
I’m cheating on my current bookclub with my Best Friend’s Bookclub. I’m scrambling to finish Bitch is the New Black by Helena Andrews. I’ve been looking for a reason to read this book. It was all the rage and garnered a lot of attention in DC and amongst my bougie crowd. I’m bougie, I’ll admit it.
The book started a little rough for me. I don’t know whether it was odd chapter titles, or that she recreated computer conversations complete with time stamps, or the fact that she tried to avoid using an expletive and replaced it with “Fock.” But most people I talked to said they just couldn’t follow the prose. It was too jumpy, all over the place, and not a cohesive story to follow. I agreed. I hoped that their assessments wouldn’t impact my thoughts, or even the question guide my Best Friend wanted me to develop to lead our discussion.
But at one point, the question to me became….really, what’s remarkable about this book? It happened particularly when I questioned if one of the guys she referred to dating was in fact one of my exes. A lot of women I know could have this tale, this life, with a few tweeks. So, was this just another bougie black girl’s memoir?
That remains to be seen.
I’ll follow up after I finish the book.