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Friday, April 16, 2010

Review: How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler

Thank you to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for letting me participate in this blog tour.

About the Book

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.

My Review

This book left me feeling so empowered. I felt like I was Clarissa Burden at points. I didn't have the same pressures she had growing up, and as far as I know my boyfriend hasn't started photographing models in the nude in our backyard (although he has grown awfully fond of our new Mustang...LOL) but I have the same self-doubt about myself.

I love how everything in this book has a perspective on what is going on. From the fly in the beginning to the armadillo and rats in the end their actions are described in how it relates to what is going on in the story. I won't even begin to guess the reason for this, but to me it signified that everything has a conscience and is aware of what is going on around them. Which is something I wholly agree with.

The title is so appropriate for this book. From Clarissa's day dreams to the end of the book, everything she does leads up to her flying in so many interpretations of the word. The characters were great, even the ones that I loathed. I connected to much with Clarissa that I could feel what she was going through, physically and emotionally. Not only did I laugh a few times, but I also was near tears a few times. While the abuse Clarissa suffered from her husband wasn't physical it still was hurtful, and when Iggy talks to Clarissa I wanted her to tell him to shove it and leave him. Because if I were in her situation that is what I would want to do (but I don't think I'd word it as nicely... LOL).

There's so much I want to say about this one, but I don't want to give ANYTHING away. The story resonated so much with me that I want to tell the world about it, and at the same time I think that every one will get something different from this one so I want you to have your own opinion. To me it was about Clarissa learning to rise above what she's been told about herself her entire life, which is also what she believes about herself (at least at the most basic level of the story).

So in fear that I'm going to word something wrong and ruin the story for someone else I'll just say again that it was an empowering book and leave it at that. I highly recommend this one to everyone!

For more information on How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly please visit Hachette Book Group's webiste.

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly


Connie May Fowler said...

Jennifer, I can't thank you enough for this wonderful review and thoughtful review! You are the best! And I love your blog.

If any of your readers are in bookclubs, I'm happy to meet via Skype.

For more info on How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, log onto www.conniemayfowler.com.

Again, thanks so much!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m7t-zEBAaE (the book trailer!)

christine said...

I found myself with the same problem of not wanting to give too much away in my review. There is so much to talk about in this book. A book of empowerment is a perfect description!