This book was a bit slow in the start and had you wondering what was really going on as she jumped from scene to scene without really telling you. But after a bit it got a lot better and more interesting. You just have to get through the first few chapters.
Laugh out loud funny book :)
I've already got more unread books on my bookshelf than I know what to do with, but the title of this novel called out to me from the fiction section of my church library last week. "My Life as a Doormat." Somehow, I knew this story would be one I could relate to. I have NOT actually lived my adult life as a doormat, but that's only because I happened to marry someone who has always insisted that I stand up for myself, to him as well as to the rest of the world. (I suppose I could get philosophical here and wonder whether I'm really being a doormat by bowing to my husband's insistence that I not be a doormat...but I won't.) Over the last 21 years of marriage, I have learned to deal with conflict when necessary, to say what needs to said -- yet I still usually feel panic-ridden during the whole process, as if the words in my head were going to strangle me on their way out of my mouth.
Gutteridge's heroine, a playwright named Leah, feels just as frightened of conflict as I do, but has not yet learned to fight past the panic. She lets everyone in her life -- her parents, her best friend, her theatrical agent, and her boyfriend of two years -- walk all over her. She can't even order what she wants for dinner in a restaurant if she thinks it will displease her companion. Then her boyfriend, Edward, enrolls her in a conflict management class as a surprise. Leah, of course, goes to the class even though she doesn't want to. Thus begins a journey that eventually leads Leah to discover who she really is and what she wants out of life. She learns that God values and loves her as she is, and that it is ultimately more unselfish to speak the truth in love than to try to please others by pretending to be someone she's not. The novel is funny, both in the narration and in the ridiculous situations that Leah finds herself in on her journey from doormat to authentic woman of God. I had trouble putting it down.
Ehhh it was ok. I hate to start a review like this, but I was left with a semi ok feeling. Nothing was super wrong with it. I guess my main area of concern was the main character - I found her to be super whiny and beyond believable. It took her way to long to discover that a changed needed to happen in her relationships and decision making.
BUT I loved the premise of the story - the sibling of the prodigal son and learning how to cope with not being the star child in the family. At times I felt a few commonalities between me and Leah - we were both the children of the family that followed the rules to a T and rarely bucked the rules our parents laid down. The big lesson comes when the sibling becomes the child that is in the forefront. Although this hasn't happened in our family, J and I have taken turns needing our parents attention for good and bad reasons.
Now after some negative comments, I would definitely pass this book along to the women in my life, but I would preface it that they should be read on the beach or huddled in during a quiet vacation. This isn't one of those "smart" reads.
Leah Townsend is feeling restless. Her new play isn't going well. Her agent is handing out ultimatums. And her boyfriend has the nerve to enroll her in a conflict management class. Can a conflict challenged playwright even learn to stand her ground even if life doesn't come in three predictable acts?
This book is a fun read about a playright trying to figure out what to do with her life. It's a fun read that I had a hard time putting down.
Very entertaining- one of my favorite reads ever. Humor and a character that many people pleasers will find familiar.