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At first I thought Julia Stephenson's book LETTING GO OF THE GLITZ was a fictionalized comedy. She is so out of touch with the majority of us...
Julia is an airhead who drinks low-fat champagne and employs cleaners, because cleaning her own home is `tiring'. I can't begin to relate to her, so everything comes of as being totally unreal.
The prologue perfectly sets the tone; She used to `stress' herself out by choosing to move house every year, her exotic holidays were `tiring' for her... but, hey! She's seen people around her work, so she totally understands us.
Taking hints and tips from her preaching about living a greener, environment friendly life is grating to me.
I'm sure she really believes in her new green lifestyle, but she's already irrtitated me so much in the few pages, that I've stopped giving this book my full attention.
Another thing that I found tough going was the spiritual jargon and quotes; if she chooses to be Buddhist, that's great. I think everyone has the right to choose their own faith - just don't constantly shove it down other people's throats.
Actually finishing the book was a real struggle; finding any useful suggestions amongst her prattling on about her charmed life and rather thoughtless opinions on various issues [she thinks helmets on bicycle riders are dangerous for instance], proved to be quite painful.
And when she starts rambling on about politics I was tempted to stop reading. She is clearly trying to be shocking and outspoken, but she's giving opinions on thing she knows nothing about.
I'm having to flick through the book again as I write this review; I barely retained anything from this book.
It's actually a shame; Julia is witty, can laugh at herself and I like the conversational style of the book.
I've added a star for the few helpful suggestions I picked out of the book, in between her home-made petrol.
Author: Julia Stephenson
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: crown House Publishing (18 Jun 2009)
I very much enjoyed this racy tale which packs a real punch. I was impressed by the attempts Miss Stevenson goes to in her quest for self-improvement. Born into a world where she could quite happily spend all day shopping and lunching she has instead decided to live a different kind of life and write articles and books about it. In the course of the book she learns how to make bio-diesel petrol, her own cleaning products, sells her car, tries to enjoy cycling and reduces flying considerably (although as she points out honestly, like many of us she is struggling to give it up entirely). Along the way she finds true love with a man who will happily pee on the compost heap! Waste not want not.
Reading how she found relief from miserable hayfever through homeopathy inspired me to search out a homeopath for my hayfever, and yes, my symptoms have improved, touch wood!
As she is the first to admit, she is not perfect and has some way to go before reaching green nirvana - but the fact she is open about her flaws makes it all the more readable. I loved the bit about finding true love with her builder. Way to go!