While in Vancouver, I made a run to Chapters and picked up some light vacation reading. One of the books was Catherine Sanderson’s debut novel, Petite Anglaise. My feelings about this book are conflicting.
Petite Anglaise is a memoir written by the blogger of the same name; a Brit living in Paris. The story tracks her launch of her very personal blog and the path it takes her on – out of an unhappy 8-year relationship with the father of her toddler daughter and into the arms of one of her blog’s readers. Only it seems that he is in love with “Petite Anglaise,” not Catherine. The story rockets through Catherine’s personal highs and lows and ends in a good place.
Sounds pretty good, right? So why my conflict? Well, because by the middle of the book, interesting story aside, I just didn’t like her. She was needy, self-centered, self-absorbed and just plain weak. It was all about a man, ALL THE TIME. She was the girl I never want to be, personified. But, she did pose some interesting insights and thought-provoking questions about bloggers: Do bloggers become too self-centered? Do our lives become “all about the blog”? Do we live our lives, in part, to please our readers?
I want to know what you think. So, I’m giving away my copy of Petite Anglaise. To enter, just leave a comment below by midnight Pacific Time next Friday, March 12th.