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Animal Husbandry: A Review

2 posts ago, I told you guys that I was reading a book called Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman.

Well, I finished it.

In a total of 2 days.


I had planned on taking a bit more time with it, but I found myself reading scads of pages each time I sat down to read it. The strange part is that I can't really pinpoint what it was that made me read it so voraciously. It was an interesting idea. I'll give it that. But other than that, it wasn't as amazing as I had hoped it would be. Cute, yes, but completely mind-altering? No. But I guess that's what you get with chick lit, and I'm ok with that.

The story picks up just as Jane Goodall (not to be confused with the monkey scientist; pictured right) has been dumped by her boyfriend for no apparent reason. She begins explaining that she has concocted a theory - The Old-Cow-New-Cow Theory - which explains men's behaviors while in a relationship. The basic idea is this:

Bull meets New Cow.
Bull and New Cow mate.
New Cow becomes Old Cow.
Bull leaves Old Cow for a New Cow.
Rinse and repeat.

It's a humorous and seemingly appropriate idea (even though we all know that it doesn't work quite like that... at least not in all cases), and Laura Zigman honestly writes well, giving just the right amount of detail to let her readers know what's going on - but not enough to turn into a Dickensian word frenzy. For the rest of the book, Jane tells her story from start to "finish," and the reader gets a real feeling for her pain and suffering.

In the end, I'd put this book under the Beach Reading category. Good book, but not amazing. If you want a light read that doesn't require a lot of thought, go for it. In fact, I'd recommend it for that purpose.

Alright. That's that.

I also said that I was going to read If Singleness is a Gift, What's the Return Policy? but I simply cannot continue. I'm not usually one for not finishing a book (unless you count the last installment of the Twilight series), but this book was simply... awful. I bought it back when I was a super Jesus-y heathen-hater, and I'm a completely different person now. I'm all for connecting life issues with God and such, but this book takes that idea and runs with it. When I bought the book, I was looking for them to give me some tips on dealing with single-dom, and all I got was a bunch of Bible verses. Ugh.

So what I'm saying is that I will not be finishing this book. Not only that, but I think I'm going to put it in my box of books that I'm going to take to my local used book store and hand it over, never to be bothered by it again.

Ok. Enough of this.



JujuJuniper said…
Ooooh! We should go do that together, because I have a collection of Josh McDowell books that I abhor.
Stef Howerton said…
haha Ok! :-D That means I need to go through all of my books, though...

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