1. List 10 things you love and do them
2. Join an org./club
3. Go on a date
4. Tell someone you care, no sarcasm allowed
5. Celebrate New Year's with other people
Will this be one "test" Carrie can't ace? Or will her brains, beauty, and inquisitive nature push her towards a break through in her social "handicap" and place her in the top of the class yet again? If I were you, I'd bet on the later....but getting there is half the fun!
Oh Carrie Pilby...how do I love thee (the book not a literal person..hehe), let me count the ways...and boy is that a lengthy list! Let's check them off as they come along....
2. I love your willingness to right wrongs no one else would touch. One of the things on her Petrov subscribed to-do list is to go on a date. With a lack of success in finding one on her own (not to mention lack of skills), she places a personal ad. Okay, I have to take a moment to say just how FUNNY yet truthful her ad truly was! Seriously, you can't believe someone would put that and yet as you get to know Carrie, you can totally see it happening. Through this adventure in the personals, she uncovers one person that needs to do a self check themselves....it seems they are engaged, but still wanting more. Needless to say, her mission to set the world right kicks into gear, leading to a rather interesting situation (which I shall NOT spoil).
3. I love your hermit like nature that grows to accept others in your own time and space. There's a quote on page 14 that sums this up rather well, it goes "Being smart doesn't mean being skilled at social interaction." That is so TRUE! There are many types of "smart". Some are more bookish, some are street, some are social, and some are a combination of several; finding the balance in them is where we find common ground. I DEFINITELY felt for her when she went to the one party, sat at an empty table since she knew no one, and by night's end....she was still at an empty table. Been there, done that. It's not that easy to put yourself out there in unfamiliar situations...heck for those with a shy streak in them (*raises hand*) it's even hard in somewhat familiar ones. Carrie's to-the-point, if at times, snarky insights put a fun spin on an otherwise awkward situation.