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Carrie Pilby Paperback – June 22, 2010
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Oh - and I just found out the ARE making it into a movie!!! #carriepilby and [...] I can't wait!!!
Carrie Pilby is a 19-year-old genius who graduated from Harvard last year. She has spent her life getting good grades and didn't socialize much with people her own age. Now she lives in New York and her psychologist gives her a list of goals, like going on a date and joining a club. She is very moral, though, and findsit hard to tolerate all the 'hypocrisy' among people in the city. (She also talks about all the hypocrisy there was back at college, and it really reminded me of some things from my own college days). She tries to understand religion, make friends, and get to know different types of people.
Carrie starts off very judgemental, and after some funny adventures and foiled social outings, she slowly learns not to judge so much. A big dilemma is when she meets a guy she's attracted to but who is morally off limits. Should she be like everyone else and just have her fun?
I think most people will get something out of it...maybe different things for different people. As a bonus, I also think I'll do a lot better at the "word origins" category on Jeopardy now! I laughed, but I learned some things, too. It gives you a lot to think about and talk about, especially the whole idea of 'fitting in' as Carrie's attempts to avoid changing in negative ways just to fit in with society. I also enjoyed the cast of characters.
This was more about a unique young woman trying to find her place in her world, with the focus placed mostly on her emotional well-being and her acceptance of others.
Carrie Pilby is very much like the young Amelie from the movie "Amelie." She's young, single, quirky, shy and lonely. Both Carrie and Amelie are curious about the world around them and long to fit in, to find love, to make friends and to express themselves as individuals without fear of rejection.
But Carrie differs greatly from Amelie in personality. Where Amelie was gracefully generous and tentatively curious, Carrie is cynical, suspicious and overanalytical. Though both women embark on missions to help virtual strangers, Amelies's reasons are more unselfish - she just wants to see these people happy. Carrie's reasoning is more to prove a point - to teach someone a lesson in morality.
Carrie Pilby has been isolated from others nearly her whole life because she's a prodigy. She skipped three grades in school and graduated from Harvard before the age of 19. As the book begins, we find a shy, sarcastic person who struggles to understand morality and hypocrisy. Since she has had limited social experiences, she's on the verge of defining morality thanks to her therapist, who has provided her a with a list of goals to achieve before the year's end. Carrie approaches the goals in a somewhat unconventional manner with the intent of quickly just getting the list completed, but learns some unexpected lessons about human rationalization.
I highly recommend this book.Read more ›
So why didn't I love the book? The usual reasons: Carrie's sad and lonely and can't figure out how to make things better and after a while listening to her observations felt more claustrophobic than lapidary. Not implausible, but also not so fun, and it made the end seem more tacked on as a genre requirement than realistically cathartic.
One thing that I liked: the book is kind of yay sin. Carrie and her friends sometimes do things they oughtn't, things they might regret, but the book's fair about why they do these things anyway and some of the pleasures, as well as the pains, that come from them.
I think this book definitely gives Red Dress Ink some credibility. This strays from the usual poor, loveless fashion hopeless protagonist and gives us someone who readers can truly empathize with. This is a fast read and a fabulous insight to the lonely world of "geniushood."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this book up about seven years ago from our local library. I enjoy reading young adult literature so I was not disappointed that this book had been written with such an... Read morePublished 7 months ago by suzanne ludwic
I read and loved this book when I was 17 and it instantly became one of my favorites, but I read it again at 28 and it meant so much to me on different levels. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane Williams
One of the funniest introverted personality type books there are out there! Made perfectly capturing the annoyances of New York City life, the interactions with people that are... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jacqueline Espinosa
Hey fellow Carrie Pilby fans - I recently heard about a Kickstarter project you might be interested in - a Carrie Pilby movie! Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Ali Phalen
Carrie Philby is a 19 year old genius (she'll tell you so herself) who is out in the world on her own after graduating from Harvard with a degree in Philosophy. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Mary G. Longorio
It was pretty good a little odd at times but a good mindless read. Recomended for a day at the beach or dmv.Published on January 10, 2012 by L.etter.Kay
I was really surprised by how much I liked this one. Probably because the cover (even if I do like it,) and the headline doesn't give a very good insight as to what it's... Read more
I really liked this book. Carrie was someone I could relate to well, even though I'm not a teen genius. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Tabitha