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Operation Bonnet: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Nellie was annoying, egotistical, and not anywhere near as smart as she thought herself. As stated in my review title, I kept going back to see if it had been tagged a YA book. This was because of the overall lack of maturity this 20 year old "PI wannabe" displayed. She acted more like a 12 year old practicing to be Encyclopedia Brown while sending away for her decoder rings and giant magnifying glass. Other than Nona and maybe Matt the other characters were flat and mostly unnecessary. The whole Misti Pitz stuff made no sense---the same age as immature Nellie and she is married, had umpteen different "hostess careers," and is now pregnant. While Nellie still can't pick up her clothes from the floor and goes around standing on her head?
I enjoyed reading Trixie Belden when I was a kid (and in fact have a collection I told my son will be his "inheritance" someday) but to call this story a mystery is to insult Trixie, Nancy Drew, and Encyclopedia Brown. To sum up, this was not a mystery, it was a YA story about choices made and "growing up." The author would have been better served with a less annoying and more believable heroine and stuck to her growing up, "falling in love," and dealing with her Nona. The Amish "mystery" brought the whole project down.
But before long, I discovered that the main story is actually about Nellie's personal growth, rather than any of the many(!) subplots involving mysteries or the Amish. Throughout the book, Nellie struggles with the expectations of her wealthy parents; she works at a golf course owned by a family friend; she tests out her P.I. skills and helps her coworker, Amos, find out if his Amish love is going to marry another; she spends time with an Amish family who provide her with new perspectives on life; she navigates the turbulent waters of friendship that becomes love; she takes care of her aging grandmother; she cooks; she spends a lot of time at the grocery store running into a girl who made her miserable in junior high. Sometimes Nellie succeeds, sometimes she fails, and other times the side stories don't soom to reach any particular conclusion.
This book caught my attention because of its promise to combine Amish fiction with mystery–two of my favorite genres. As it turns out, the story doesn't really contain much of either. At first this disappointed me, but then I realized that I was missing the point. Operation Bonnet is about real life. Nellie is a decent but flawed person (a lot like you and me!) Good and bad things happen in her life, and the way she responds shapes who she becomes. At the end of the book, not everything has been tied up in pretty bow. Nellie is still learning from consequences of her mistakes, and not everyone lives happily ever after. But in the story, as in life, the characters' two steps forward and one step back put them one step ahead in the right direction. I finished the book with a chuckle on my lips, hope for Nellie's future, and a reminder that life is beautiful in spite of its messiness. A worthwhile message from a worthwhile read.