We’re up to chapter 15 in our read-along this week, so be warned – spoilers below! What surprised me most about this section was how beautifully sentimental some of the quotes were. Especially at the beginning of the section, I really enjoyed how happy Johanna was and how much fun she had traveling. I was a briefly heartbroken for her when she stopped hearing from the magazine, but finished the section feeling reasonably hopeful. I mean, I’m sure she’s going to get herself into a bad situation the way she’s going. I also think her coworkers probably think she’s completely ridiculous. But she’s having fun again and exploring who she is and I’m excited to go along for the ride.
This is probably silly since this is a work of fiction, but I was expecting a profound message from this book, something about feminism. I’m starting to think that won’t be the case. That’s a bit disappointing, but not too much because I’m simultaneously becoming more impressed with Moran’s storytelling ability. From some of the other participants’ comments, it’s possible this is because I haven’t read Moranthology. At least for me, just having read How To Be a Woman, the story is much more novel to me than it was at the beginning and I’m excited to see how it plays out.
This read-along is being hosted by Emily at As the Crow Flies (And Reads) so you can check out what the other participants are thinking so far at her link-up.