This week’s pick for the blog tour is The Cubicle Next Door by author Siri Mitchell. This is chick lit, pure and simple, and a fun read even so.
Even so? I mean, I can’t much relate to the thirty-something never-been-married gal who lives with her grandmother. I was married at 21–and a mommy at 22. I’ve never had a *real* career; I was a stay-at-home mom who later got a job to help keep family finances functional. To me, these gals (and I’m lumping much chick lit together in this statement!) who are ten years or more beyond that age and still acting like teenagers seem somewhat absurd. Isn’t it possible to grow up without getting married? I don’t get it. But I do need to remember that I am not precisely the target audience here!
My daughter (25 and married) and I have had some interesting discussions about Christian chick lit. Living in a college town as she does, she believes that many 20-somethings just continue to be older teenagers. Many young adults still live with their parents and continue with a generally less responsible lifestyle than those of previous eras. (Can’t get your kids to leave home? Stop cooking with cheese, as the ad on tv goes…) Sheesh. I feel OLD.
Okay, I kind of got off topic. Tomorrow I’ll actually talk about *this* book. Stay tuned!
I do think my generation has had a hard time growing up. I remember my mom when she was in her early thirties, and she was much more adult than me or my sister. I was also married young(at 20), and even with 11 years of marriage and 4 children, I don’t feel grown up. I keep waiting for it to happen, but it hasn’t.