My Education

Genre: Fiction

Continuing through the Cosmopolitan  suggested reads, I recently read My Education by Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi. I regret to say that of the books Cosmo has suggested to me thus far, this has BY FAR been my least favorite. This 300-page novel took me nearly two weeks to get through. There were times when I thought it was never going to end.

The thing that contributed most to this book being so difficult to read was that I didn’t care at all about any of the character. The narrator got on my nerves for being a whiny child of twenty-one who apparently knew less about the way the world works than I did at twenty-one (and I guarantee I grew up in a more sheltered environment). The narrator’s girlfriend got on my nerves for being an overly selfish and just plain inconsiderate woman who only cared about herself. The girlfriend’s husband got on my nerves for being dull. And the narrator’s roommate got on my nerves for… well, actually he was the only one I could sympathize with because he had to begrudgingly put up with all the other characters just like I did.

The other main complaint I have about this book is that even at the end, I didn’t understand why I was being told this story. There didn’t seem to be a point to any of it. Even now, thinking back on it and trying to bring purpose to the book, I just can’t do it. Nothing makes sense. Therefore, I can’t help but feel that the two weeks spent reading were just a waste of time.

For the first time since I started reading the Cosmo books, I am going to have to refrain from suggesting one. In short, don’t spend the time on this one. It’s not worth it.

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