Monday, April 30, 2012

#BookReview: The Brenda Diaries - Margo Candela

The first time I heard about The Brenda Diaries was when a twitter account by that name started following me.  So, as I do when profiles or tweets interest me, I follow back.  And then I stopped following because I was confused as to what the point of the tweets were.  The person asked questions as if they wanted interaction, but never interacted with anyone.  Eventually I realized that it was part of the author's new book, an experiment, if you will.

I'm not sure what road Margo Candela was traveling when she decided to write this book, but if there was a fork in the road, she went left when she should have gone right. The whole premise of The Brenda Diaries is to follow the day to day activities of a twentysomething temp and her encounters with employers, coworkers, her roommate, etc.  Where I've found previous Candela heroines to be funny and sympathetic, there wasn't much to like about Brenda.

In addition to the unlikeable character, Candela writes the first three-fourth of the book in diary style and the last part as tweets.  As you read through the tweets, you realize that the diary entries are based on the tweets.  So couldn't I have just read the tweets at the back?  And wouldn't it have made more sense to maybe integrate the tweets with the diary? Maybe use the tweets as the header for each entry and then elaborate?  I don't know, it was just a very disjointed read.

Available in Kindle format only
Published: October 2011

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