Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky is a look at the life of a young woman named Leda, from the time she sits down at a coffee shop during college to the day she dies.

The title is what first drew me to this book. I've never read Noam Chomsky. I studied creative writing in college.

But that's where the similarities stopped.

Leda is obsessed with the most superficial things, and this doesn't change throughout the book. When she's younger, she's constantly thinking about whether she looks linear or not (I'm guessing this is her word for skinny, though that's not clearly explained). Later on, she's always thinking whether the women she meets are linear. Beyond that, she has the most superficial relationships. All of her friends and herself don't seem to like each other, but they go through the motions. This repeats itself with mom friends, work friends, and anyone else Leda spends more than five minutes talking to.

In terms of romance, Leda also stays pretty superficial. The one time that had a chance to stand up for herself and her needs, she backs off at the sight of a diamond on her finger. The only redeeming quality Leda has is that she seems to have raised her daughter to not be as superficial as herself, but that only makes Annabelle revere her in a way that she doesn't entirely deserve. And just in case you're wondering--Noam Chomsky is never read. And since I've never read Chomsky's work, I'm not sure what, if anything, it has to do with Leda's story.

*Book provided by Penguin First to Read

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