When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs reads Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her life. When had she ever dreamed a scheme? When had she ever, like Jim Hawkins, broke from her friends, raced for the beach, stolen a boat, killed a man, and eliminated an obstacle that stood in the way of her getting a hunk of gold? Convinced that Stevenson's book is cosmically intended for her, she redesigns her life according to its Core Values: boldness, resolution, independence and horn-blowing. Accompanied by her mother, her sister, and a hostile Amazon parrot that refuses to follow the script, our heroine embarks on a domestic adventure more frightening than anything she'd originally planned.
What a charmingly engaging, funny, easy-reading intelligent book. How I loved it! The tongue-in-cheek reality of a twenty-five year old woman who has not one inch of self-reflection is hysterical. The storyline makes you want to giggle and the convolutions of the young woman's life are beyond comedic. Read this book if you are over thirty, have actually done something with your life, and enjoy witty, intelligent prose. Awesome!
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A friend recommended this book. I expected some story about a girl who changed her life in a good way based on reading a book. The story was just too ridiculous to me. I guess some parts were supposed to be funny but were not for me. I did not like the main character or any other character in the book. The book was not my cup of tea.