Wednesday, February 16, 2011

book review: "glaen" by fred lybrand

Annie is writing a paper for her Original Non-Fiction 101 class. She wants to understand relationships and has two theories. Theory one focuses on traditional dating while theory two is about courtship. She knows one of these has to be the key to a successful relationship and will prove that in her paper. Things become complicated when the couple she interviewed about courtship break up and her friend who she is observing for “traditional dating” jumps from one relationship to the next. And then there’s her professor. Glaen is unlike any of her other professors. Each time she leaves class, Glaen has her asking herself more questions in order for her to make her paper the best it can be. But who is Glaen really and will she ever understand relationships?

This was an interesting read. The key concepts (Lybrand addresses common lies such as “there’s no harm in acting married, it’s just practice” and “sex is something special God wants committed people to enjoy” [instead of married people]) are good but I wasn’t super crazy about the presentation. I didn’t like the book being one entire read instead of being broken down into chapters. The part towards the end with Annie holding her book didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story – it almost seemed dreamlike to me so I was a little unsure of what was happening. Overall, it was a good and easy read.

I received a free copy of this book from The B & B Media Group and all opinions are my own.

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