Hey Natalie Jean – A Book Review
Some blogs you read for inspiration, some you read for fun, some you read for the visuals…you read Natalie’s for her writing.
So when her long-anticipated first book landed in my mailbox last week, I was excited to sit down and dive in.
To dive into her writing. To hear stories I hadn’t heard from her before. To appreciate her candor, her witty way with words, her honest and approachable voice.
And the parts of the book where that writing comes through…those parts are great. Those parts are full of talent and promise and intrigue. Those parts are where she dives deep into her writing and takes her readers along with her, giving them everything they hoped for.
Unfortunately, those parts are too few and far between. The essays are interspersed among “chapters” devoted to mindless things like makeup routines, home decor inspiration, New York City subway elevator systems and the like that a) we’ve seen on her blog and b) belong on a blog.
A blog is where I appreciate that kind of fluff. A book is not.
Especially when the writer behind the blog is so good at…writing.
I wanted to hear more stories and learn more about her background and lose myself in her easy writing style. I wanted to dive in but instead I felt like I was stuck in shallow waters (are you loving these metaphors or what?!?).
But I don’t fault Natalie for any of this so consider this a positive review. In fact, I want you to go out and buy Hey Natalie Jean right now. Support this writer. Boost her numbers and her likes and whatever publishers look for in a successful book these days. Support her writing, her candor and her witty way with words. Because hopefully if we do, they will give her another book deal. And another after that. And another after that.
And she can fill them all with her writing. And we can keep diving in.
*addendum: read this post from Natalie. It kind of sums it up perfectly…as she so often does.