Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag
by Jennifer Gilbert

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Pages: 224 
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  When Jennifer Gilbert was just a year out of college, a twenty-two-year-old fresh-faced young woman looking forward to a bright future, someone tried to cut her life short in the most violent way. But she survived, and not wanting this traumatic event to define her life, she buried it deep within and never spoke of it again.

She bravely launched a fabulous career in New York as an event planner, designing lavish parties and fairy-tale weddings. Determined to help others celebrate and enjoy life's greatest moments, she was convinced she'd never again feel joy herself. Yet it was these weddings, anniversaries, and holiday parties, showered with all her love and attention through those silent, scary years, that slowly brought her back to life.

Kritters Thoughts:  A woman who definitely hit life's speed bumps at full speed and had to overcome many obstacles on the way to finding true happiness.  I am so glad she chose to start the book with a light story about a bride having some troubles on her wedding day and then going back in time to where her world collapsed and she had to start putting the pieces all back together.

With all of the bad things that happened to her, I couldn't believe that she was able to keep picking up her head and moving forward.  The things Gilbert had to endure would have brought down many of the strongest for much longer than she was down.  It was an inspiration to read about someone who was able to forgive, move forward and keep looking for the next thing.

Another aspect that I truly loved was the party planning.  I do a bit of party planning on my job and with the recent planning of my wedding, I am even more intrigued by party planning and the ups and downs of it all.

If you are a fan of memoirs, this is a great one to read.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

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