Monday, September 20, 2010

Driving with Dead People

Monica Holloway.

I was expecting this book to be a lot better than it was. I wasn't sure what to expect, but with my recent obsession with funerals and hearses, I thought this book would send me into a new career mode. I was hoping that the whole thing would revolve around funeral homes. I guess I should start reading the back cover, huh?
It started out just like any memoir should, about this girl's childhood. Normally I don't like this, unless it's funny, of course. The story progressed into her becoming a slut, she gets pregnant and has an abortion. That was the last straw for me. I realize that the book wasn't about her being a slut, but I don't like reckless people who aren't funny who pretend to be funny. Then the thing that bothered me was the whole aspect of child molestation. It disturbs me to strange levels (as I assume it should). You never even really find out if her dad molested her. Maybe they said it, and I was thinking about other things and missed it.
Other than the childhood trauma, the other thing that bothered me was the fact that the plot seemed strangely reminiscent of Twilight. From the picture, the author doesn't seem like the trophy girl, but for some reason, all of these guys were asking her out randomly. Her first boyfriend asked her out at a basketball game (ok, this was her second boyfriend, her first one ended up being gay). She was just sitting in the bleachers with her friends and Adam, a 21 year old college student, walks up to her and asks her out. Does this happen in real life? Then later when she's in college herself, she's auditioning for some acting group and this "really hot guy" (the one who gets her pregnant) says something witty to her and they end up having a fling. It just kept happening like that.
So, now that I've basically told you all the good parts, you don't have to read it. It's written well, but it's a let down if you were expecting some insight into the intricacies of a funeral home.
Would I recommend this book? I would recommend the first few chapters.