|Plot Summary of Carrie Pilby|
Red Dress Ink, June 2003, 12.95, 336 pp.
At the age of eighteen Carrie Pilby graduated Harvard with a B.A. in philosophy. Now she lives in an apartment in Greenwich Village, but hardly ever goes out except to see her psychologist and has no friends or a job. Her favorite activity is laying in bed and watching a video until she falls asleep. She feels like she doesn't fit into society and though she is alone she isn't lonely. It's hard for a genius to interact with other people so her shrink issues her a series of challenges.
She gets a temp job proof reading and meets a woman who doesn't judge her and genuinely wants to be her friend. She joins a church and interacts with the pastor who not only accepts her, but approves of her strong morality. By the time New Year's Eve arrives, Carrie has dated an engaged man, a boring person and a man she genuinely likes. She finally realizes that a person has to give people a chance because the rewards are satisfying.
In the first half of CARRIE PILBY, the protagonist is a judgmental person who thinks that her intellectual superiority makes her superior to everyone else. In the latter part of this novel Callie realizes that she is using her mental maturity to hide her vulnerabilities and she takes the first step that will lead her into adulthood. The people she meets change her in subtle ways and if one can stick it out, Carrie will grow on you.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Carrie Pilby|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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