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Not Quite What I Expected
on February 7, 2012
As the personal life story of a woman who decides to become a flight attendant, this book is mildly entertaining. It tells plenty of stories about what it's like to be a flight attendant: the crazy hours, the insane living arrangements, the kooky passengers.
If you're thinking of becoming a flight attendant, this book should be required reading. She details the process of interviewing and the intense training that she endured, along with what her schedule is like and how miserable the existence is for the first few months.
The trouble I had with the book was that the more interesting experiences were, for the most part, quite short. A paragraph about the time she caught someone having sex in the airplane bathroom, a sentence about the time someone threw up on her. It seemed a bit frazzled, always jumping from one anecdote to another, without fleshing them out. The longer stories tended to be about the author's personal life--her struggle to find someplace to live in New York City, what it was like to be a flight attendant on a privately owned jet, her attempts to find someone to date. Many of these experiences seemed to begin abruptly, without any introduction or transition. One second she's talking about serving lunch on a flight to Paris and the next she's talking about her mother becoming a flight attendant as well, and the next, she's jetting off to Las Vegas on a celebrity's private plane. I found it a bit confusing, to be honest. I couldn't keep track of when or where the story was taking place, because she jumped around so much.
There were a few useful tips. For instance, if you suffer from motion sickness, book a seat as close to the front of the plane as possible. There's less turbulence up front as opposed to the tail section, which tends to be quite bumpy. It was also interesting to learn that flight attendants don't get paid to stand around and greet you, or help you with your luggage. They're only "on the clock" once the plane is in the air.
Three stars, because while it is an interesting peek into the life of a flight attendant, it was quite scattered and hard to read at times. Take my review with a grain of salt, however, because memoirs aren't my usual cup of tea. This one looked interesting, so I thought I'd give it a shot, expand my horizons and all that--but I wasn't wholly impressed.