Bookmarks: Outside view of women
My name is Laura Antonucci, and I am a junior transfer student from Southern California.
I transferred as an English major, and am currently involved in the writing track.
I spend my days in the College of Liberal Arts and the rest of my life at Starbucks, and occasionally they pay me.
I started working for The Towerlight last semester, and this semester I am writing book reviews each week.
I’m going to kick off my new column with “Dear Girls Above Me” by Charlie McDowell.
“Dear Girls Above Me” is essentially a memoir.
The author describes the period in his life that had the most profound effect on him, one in which he got an uncensored, no-stone-left-unturned look into the minds of women.
More specifically, he was lucky enough to hold a lease under two sorority sisters whose combined IQ couldn’t fill a teacup, and made this painfully obvious through the paper thin floor/ceiling they shared.
From McDowell’s memoir, you not only get a clear view of the mindset of the female population of L.A., but you also get to know Charlie- he’s got raging insecurities, doesn’t know when to put his foot down, and is cringingly bad at confrontation- which is how his Twitter feed of the same name began.
It is a passive way of venting his frustration at his upstairs neighbors. He tweets about Bon Jovi blasting at 7:25 a.m. and gives his unheard answers to “the girls,” as he calls them, to unsolicited questions on topics ranging from scatology (Google it) to the possible meanings behind what their tarot card reader told them today – the real meaning of life.
After almost a year, Charlie develops a brotherly affection for “the girls.”
He even comes to their rescue every time they attempt to cook something.
Through all of this, Charlie himself has changed.
His experiences, newfound insight, and misadventures have helped Charlie become more comfortable in his own skin and make for a hilarious read.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it’s full of nonstop giggles from beginning to end, and both guys and girls will enjoy it.