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Thursday, March 25, 2010

My review of Becca by the Book by Laura Jensen Walker


At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn’t want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it’s an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That’s why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and broke her leg.

And that’s why, grounded and grumpy, Becca bristles when teased by friends for being commitment-phobic. In response, Becca issues an outrageous wager—that she can sustain a three-month or twenty-five date relationship with the next guy who asks her out. When the guy turns out to be “churchy” Ben—definitely not Becca’s type—she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her purple-haired, free-speaking, commitment-phobic self into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings.

This irrepressible Getaway Girl will have you cheering her on as she “suffers” through her dates, gains perspective on her life’s purpose, and ultimately begins her greatest adventure of all.

My review:

This story made me a bit teary-eyed at the end. I liked Ben and his grandmother. I was surprised at the fact that it wasn't typical chick-lit, but I liked that at the same time. I also liked that the ending wasn't so predictable. Some of the Christense humor was funny (as were her definitions) and some great points were made about Christians not being perfect and how that can be a good thing when Christians show that they are fallible as long as they are sincere and not fake about it. That was a great message. I found that very real and helpful, too. Sometimes we seem to have the strongest affect on people who don't share our faith when we show them that we struggle with behaving all the time, too. I've noticed that for some people that makes Christianity more attainable in their minds because they know they aren't perfect. None of us are. That was probably my favorite implication in this book.

I also enjoyed getting to know Becca. She wasn't the most likable character, but I understood her and how she was jaded because of her mother's scamming. I liked that she started to soften but didn't do the predictable things typically seen in CBA novels. While the book was a bit snarky at times and poked fun at things that aren't very Christian about the subculture in churches, I didn't find it offensive. To me it was more insightful. I think the author did a good job showing what the typical person outside of the Christian faith might observe when looking at the typical church culture.

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