Monday, June 5, 2017

Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley

Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
Published June 14, 2011
Summary on Goodreads
One word to describe this book: cute. 

Honestly, that’s pretty much it.  I mean, this was definitely a fluff novel where there wasn’t too much conflict and even the conflicts that were there were either very insignificant or easily solved.   

Jane, the main character, was supposed to be all about the anti-belle but honestly, to me, it didn’t seem like she was protesting that much when she was selected to be part of the main squad.  In fact, it seemed that she had enthusiastically joined it and welcomed the participation because she even went out of her way to learn and read the handbook.  Okay, the handbook part was for her to stand up to this nasty girl in a “courteous” manner but still.  Memorizing the handbook still takes up a lot of work.  So because the whole rebellious side was what I was looking forward to, Jane was kind of a let-down for me.  I was really expecting a lot of fights and crazy antics but the reality was that it wasn’t that crazy.  For example, they were supposed to think of a fundraising idea and historically, the debutantes would do a car wash and a bake sale or something like that but Jane thought “outside of the box” and suggested beach cleaning.  What a “crazy” idea!  I was honestly expecting something a little more outrageous than beach cleaning…

The other characters, specifically her fellow Magnolia Maids, were so cliché that it hurt my teeth.  There was the stereotypical girl who basically was born for this and spent her entire life prepping to be a Maid; the girl who basically followed the former girl around since birth; the standard “black girl” whose true purpose was to add diversity to the group (the book even stated so); the ridiculously over-the-top nice girl who spoke with a serious Southern drawl even though most of the other people lived in the South as well so I was confused as to why her drawl was so much more pronounced; and of course Jane, the “rebel”, who really wasn’t a rebel.  With these uber cliché characters, it is no wonder why all of the conflicts were so unoriginal. 

That being said, other than me character-bashing, there were some deeper aspects on the book particularly with Jane and her mother’s death and fat-shaming.  However, some of these issues were so hidden in the book that you really had to read between the lines to understand fully what the problems were. 

Overall, this was most definitely a fluff novel so if you want to pick up something quick and simple with lots of laugh then give this book a try.



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