Monday, February 11, 2013
I think Strayed is certainly talented. As I mentioned above, her advice is put forward in a gentle, loving tone, but she also addresses issues head on and doesn't coddle readers. She can be painfully honest, but does it in a way that is devoid of judgment. One of the worst qualities in an advice columnist is a lack of self-awareness and humility, and Strayed does an amazing job of incorporating her own mistakes in a way that shows she is down to earth and doesn't have lofty ideas of her own success.
Whether or not you agree with all of Sugar's advice, there is something for everyone in this book. I appreciate that Strayed shows a huge amount of respect for various belief systems. For example, even though I have a much more traditional view of human sexual mores than Strayed does, I felt like I could still relate to the ideas behind her advice, even when I didn't agree with the actual advice, if that makes sense. Or, at least, I felt like she would be ok with my belief systems as well.
I loved it. I highly recommend reading it, even if you don't agree with everything Strayed stands for. And, as I was typing this, I added Dear Sugar to Google Reader. :)
Posted by Julie G at 7:39 PM