How Did You Get This Number
By Sloane Crosley
Time certainly flies. I realized when I set my schedule for book reviews last week that I hadn’t reviewed this book and I read it it February/March!
I’ve had Sloane Crosley on my to read list for quite a while now. Actually, she’s been on my list from about the time she became the voice of her (my) generation. I’m glad I finally picked up one of her books because it was a really entertaining read.
While it was entertaining, I don’t agree with the title of “voice of a generation.” Depending upon where you look, Lena Dunham currently has the title. While I find her entertaining and do identify with some of what she writes, there’s obviously no way one person can really be the voice of an entire generation. That seems to open them up to more criticism than they deserve. After all, Lena and Sloane didn’t give themselves the title.
Writing 4 out of 5 stars
Crosley is a strong writer. She clearly tells her stories in a funny and engaging way.Sl
Storytelling 4 out of 5 stars
Like I said, her stories are clear, concise, funny and engaging.
Character Development 4 out of 5 stars
Crosley was the main character throughout her essays. Obviously, she was clearly developed, but I felt that the secondary characters were as well.
Cultural Impact 3 out of 5 stars
Crosley’s first essay collection, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, was her big splash when she was crowned with the voice of a generation title. I would say that book had a larger cultural impact than this one. But Crosley is going to stick around for awhile, and plenty of people will go back to read all of her work.
Total 3.75 out of 5 stars
Have you read any of Crosley’s work? What were your thoughts? Do you have a favorite essayist or collection of essays?
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