Commencement Speech by Jonathan Franzen

Commencement Speech by Jonathan Franzen

Good afternoon, bloggers.  I just read Jonathan Franzen’s commencement speech, from 2011, on the many alternatives to love that people constantly seek.  He makes a lot of great points on what many people are willing to do to be liked.  Feel free to check it out.


“If the Shoe Fits”—A Review


If the Shoe Fits, by Sandra D. Bricker, is the story of a woman’s comical journey for her own happily-ever-after.

Julianne Bartlett is a young attorney who is setting out to start her own law firm in Ohio with her long-time best friend, Will Hanes.  Even though she’s never been able to find the right man—which always winds up with her tripping over Will—Julianne has waited a lifetime for her own Prince Charming to show up on his white steed.  When they were in grade school, Will rode up on his 10-speed bike.  But it’s almost impossible to meet the right man in the middle of a cul-de-sac, right?  Perhaps.  Perhaps not.

While on her way to her new office, Julianne is on a busy intersection when she sees a mysterious man who leaves behind his toolbox and work boot while rescuing a dog.  Almost immediately, Julianne is in love with this mysterious Prince Charming.  He’s gorgeous, as well as an animal lover.  Julianne is determined to meet him, so she sets out to track her prince down.  When she finally meets him, however, her prince just appears to be less and less charming.  Nevertheless, Julianne is willing to do almost anything to convince herself, including her friends and family, that this Prince Charming is a sign from God.

Honestly, it’s just funny as to how we tend to behave when we fall hard for someone.  Throughout my reading this book, there were times when I wanted to tell Julianne that enough is enough, for she was going a bit too far.  But that’s what makes a convincing story.  Although the story was just a bit predictable for me, I did like where it was leading, including the comedy. I’m not really a fan of romance novels, but this one wasn’t too bad. If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, this book is for you.

Happy reading!

FTC Disclosure: I received this free copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are based on my own experience.