"Fine character study"
At the age of eighteen Carrie Pilby graduated Harvard with
a B.A. in philosophy. Now she lives in an apartment in
Greenwich Village, but hardly ever goes out except to see
her psychologist and has no friends or a job. Her favorite
activity is laying in bed and watching a video until she
falls asleep. She feels like she doesn't fit into society
and though she is alone she isn't lonely. It's hard for a
genius to interact with other people so her shrink issues
her a series of challenges.
She gets a temp job proof reading and meets a woman who
doesn't judge her and genuinely wants to be her friend.
She joins a church and interacts with the pastor who not
only accepts her, but approves of her strong morality. By
the time New Year's Eve arrives, Carrie has dated an
engaged man, a boring person and a man she genuinely
likes. She finally realizes that a person has to give
people a chance because the rewards are satisfying.
In the first half of CARRIE PILBY, the protagonist is a
judgmental person who thinks that her intellectual
superiority makes her superior to everyone else. In the
latter part of this novel Callie realizes that she is using
her mental maturity to hide her vulnerabilities and she
takes the first step that will lead her into adulthood.
The people she meets change her in subtle ways and if one
can stick it out, Carrie will grow on you.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 12, 2003