Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond: DNF
From the title Black Heels to Tractor Heels, I assumed the book would be about the trials and tribulations of a city bred woman struggling to adjust to her new life in the country while falling in love. Instead, the first half of the book is a play by play of how she met and married her husband. She devoted a large part of the book to his tanned arms and fabulous butt. The book reads like a really long blog post with too much repetition. What she needed was to tighten up the story. Delete unnecessary words. The courtship portion could have been a couple of chapters with more emphasis on characterization.
I read all about Marlboro Man's* amazing bod but didn't learn much about his personality. He chuckled and said, "Are you okay?" a lot. It is much easier to write about your own foibles than the ones of the person you have to sit across the kitchen table from everyday. That's understandable but it's necessary to make me care. Not being a reader of her blog, I have no context for these people. Her readers may already know all about them and this may make it easier for those readers to connect but I could not.
I never found out how Ree adjusted to farm living. I stopped listening half-way through. At that point he had just asked her to marry him.**
I suspect a fan of Pioneer Woman would enjoy Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. However, it was not for me.
About the Audio: Read by the author. I was asked if reading instead of listening would have made a difference. That's a good question. Considering my experience, I recommend reading the text.
*She only refers to her husband as Marlboro Man. This made me crazy.
**I've since read that the latter half is much better, as it was never on her blog and less "bloggy".