Poor Cassie just got fired...and lost her boyfriend...and moved back home with her divorced mother...and still has to pay for those Valentino boots she splurged on! This series of disappointments plunge Cassie into a mega pity party as she crawls back to her childhood home to lick her wounds. Only home isn't quite what she remembers. Cassie is unable to heal because of increased feelings of jealousy and anger until she discovers that swallowing her pride and taking a few chances are necessary for her to move on. She even finds true love along the way. Melody Carlson's smooth style employs humor and sensitivity to educate the reader that when you've hit rock-bottom, there's no place to go but up! This is not a preachy novel, but rather a chronicle of real struggles that we all face at one time and how a real person feels about and deals with them.
Let me begin by saying I have purchased almost all of Melody Carlson's books and have considered her one of my favorite authors. I am the librarian at my church and I do have tocarefully choose what we put on the shelves. This book will not make the cut. Maybe some of you consider it edgy but I do not consider it clean Christian literature. Unfortunately, I will now be more cautious when choosing a Carlson novel. This one will come out of my pocketbook and into the trash.
Melody Carlson tells the story of Cassie, a 31-year-old who has the perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect credit...until she loses it all in a 2-week period. She spontaneously decides to move back home to be with her lonely mother, only to find that her mother has become a thin, gorgeous woman with a convertible who is dating someone who Cassie went to high school with. Cassie's meltdown that ensues is so funny and so real - I saw myself in Cassie several times. The end was a bit convenient and tidied things up a little too nicely, but I really liked this book. "These Boots Weren't Made For Walking" is a hilarious, wonderful, light read! I actually laughed out loud a few times and found myself nodding my head at Cassie's laments to herself. I have been there, and "Boots" is wonderfully real.
This book was adorable! i think that Carlson did a great job of making her character real! Like one person said b4 me, the middle was a little boring, but it wasn't boring enough to make me quit reading it.