I Totally Meant to Do That: Dive

I Totally Meant to Do That by Jane Borden

Hi there, Bookies!

I’m posting on Monday instead of our usual Friday because a few of you asked for the weekend to finish up Part 1 of I Totally Meant to Do That. And as your faithful book club leader, I’d never leave you without a weekend of page-flipping.

So, what do you all think? Are you all in stitches yet? Have you renamed all your dogs “Dammit”?

As a longtime N.Y.C. resident, I love Jane’s first impressions of the big city. I just adore the dream life she fantasizes her sister is living in Manhattan. And I completely commiserate with her when she first visits and is met with the stark reality of the teeny-tiny Manhattan apartment all new city dwellers are forced to overpay for. (Trust me, my first apartment was so small it had only a half-fridge. Then there was the incident of the brothel upstairs, but that’s for a different post.) It’s an old cliché, but no one starts out living the Friends life. What do you non–New Yorkers think so far? Is this the same first bout with reality that everyone faces, no matter where you live? And to the southern belles out there, what do you think? Are y’all truly “a population that whistles, says good morning to inanimate objects and ascertains the presence of angels”?

I’m the only girl in my family, the youngest of four brothers, and to this day I have the incessant need to braid anyone’s hair who will sit long enough. Thankfully, I now have some great sisters-in-law (for the companionship, not for the braids), but I’m interested in what fellow Bookies with sisters think about the relationship between Jane and her older sis?

I thought it would be fun to highlight the best laugh-out-loud moment from each section (feel free to do the same in the comments below). Here’s what got my husband saying “Jeez, Mary Kate, what could possibly be so funny?”:

“Obviously I don’t want to be pals with eight million people. I mean, I kind of do, but no, that’s absurd: When would we all get coffee?”

Can’t wait to hear your first impressions. I’ll post again this Friday for Part 2: Sink.

Happy reading,
Mary Kate

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