This book is by the same authors as another favorite book of mine, Literacy and Longing in L.A. This one is also good, although it is less about books than the other one.
When Cassie’s no-account husband drunk drives himself off a cliff on Highway 1 in California, she moves back in with her mom and tries to pretend like she misses him. She has dyslexia and failed 3 grades, so she dropped out of high school and got her G.E.D. Now, she’s finding she can’t get a job without a bachelors degree. She fabricates a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan and gets an office job at a University Psych department. Mostly, she files and copies and organizes and hates the front desk girl, but she learns a lot from the professors she works for and begins to see the value of education as more than a resume pad.
She has a fling with front-desk-girl’s brother, then dumps him when she finds out he has a girlfriend. Then she starts to develop a thing for one of the professors she works for. Now, I kind of have to tell you the end to tell you my beef with the book. So stop reading now if you don’t want to know. Really. Now. Ok. She ends up with the professor dude, but I can’t really tell how he treated her any different than the other guy. They both had girlfriends when they started hooking up. They both said they dumped the gf. They both let her down. And the professor guy let her down in a more infamous way than the other guy. I can’t see why she chose him in the end. Somebody read this and help me out, here, kay?
Otherwise, I really liked the main character. She was not a chick lit heroine, which these books could be if she was more incompetent and had lower self esteem. Don’t get me wrong, she had bouts of serious self-doubt, but it seemed more convincing because they were just bouts, not a pervasive personality trait. She wasn’t always down on herself. Just sometimes. Like all of us.