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I Totally Meant to Do That

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Boring- not funny or charming

    This book rambles on like an aimless conversation. It ' s akin to being stuck next a polite stranger making small talk; I wanted to stay with it but gave it up. I can only assume the author knows someone in publishing; there are some undergraduates who write better than this, and her editor did her no favors. Skip this one; not even a discernable plot gots off the ground, and each essay is flat. To be fair, I did not make it to the end, so perhaps the book gets better as it goes. I simply could not sustain my interest and did hang in for 10+ chapters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Wouldn't say more than "it's okay"...

    Certain parts elicited a smile or two, but in general I was giving the book a second chance every chapter (thinking I might suddenly be blindsided by a humourous story). Being raised in NC, I wanted to give a local humour writer a chance, but this book is no David Sedaris.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    Southern Style meets the reality of NYC!

    Jane Borden's I TOTALLY MEANT TO DO THAT is an extremely well written first person memoir about the author's time living in New York City. It is indeed very funny, though the author also does have some purpose behind her quips and jokes, in that she is struggling with her North Carolina southern roots as she tries to fit into the New York City hive.

    The author writes in a warm, easy, flowing style that is easy to understand, moving the stories along very well and keeping the reader interested. She also keeps the reader on their toes by throwing in some very uncommon, "75-cent" words. I have a decent vocabulary, and I will be totally honest; I had to look up more than one.

    My favorite story was the description of the day she spent with the Sanchez brothers, who were the "budget" movers she hired to help her move to yet another apartment. The story highlights the connections strangers who have nothing in common can make when they are forced by circumstances to spend time together.

    Only down-side to the book was the last story, which got a little hard to follow and a little too introspective for me. But other than that, it was a well-written and very entertaining collection of stories about trying to fit in far away from home. Anyone who has moved far from their family, and anyone who has tried to live in a big city will appreciate this book. You come away from it wishing you knew the author in person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    From Canal Street knockoffs to Carolina rush, a well written sp

    From Canal Street knockoffs to Carolina rush, a well written spin on
    big bad NYC through the eyes of a self-described sassy southern belle.
    On second thought~~a well written spin on genteel North Carolina through
    the eyes of a savvy Outer Borough survivor.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    The author is young and sassy, and there's something irresistibl

    The author is young and sassy, and there's something irresistible about her. The story is very personal and quite earnest. There isn't much of a plot but the author's cheekiness makes up for it. 3.5/5

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