Unfinished: How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly – Connie May Fowler

Title: How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
Author: Connie May Fowler
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Publisher

From the publisher’s website:

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.

Why I Abandoned the Book:

I stopped reading How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly about 70 pages in.  I just could not get into the storyline.  It’s very random, almost stream-of-consciousness at times.  While that works for me sometimes, I think part of the problem was that wasn’t in the mood for that sort of story, and didn’t expect it at all based on the description.  The plot also moves very slowly; I don’t feel like anything really happened by the time I put it down.  I didn’t really connect with the main character and was frustrated by the way she let her husband walk all over her.  I’m assuming that will change as the novel progresses, but I decided not to see it through.

A Quick Look at Reviews:

LibraryThing has a total of 21 reviews of this book, with an average rating of 3.56.  Many reviewers noted the same issues I did.  Apparently it picks up quite a bit in the last 1/3 of the book.  As far as blog reviews, Sandy from You’ve Gotta Read This loved this book, so I’d definitely recommend going over there to read her review.

I borrowed this format for reviewing unfinished books from Beth Fish Reads.

Comments

  1. I think this is either a love it or hate it book. If a book is going to move that slowly, I have to have beautiful writing to keep me interested.

  2. I think this is either a love it or hate it book. If a book is going to move that slowly, I have to have beautiful writing to keep me interested.

  3. I am glad for your opinion on this book, but I am sorry that you had to leave it unfinished. Hopefully your next read is better!

  4. I am glad for your opinion on this book, but I am sorry that you had to leave it unfinished. Hopefully your next read is better!

  5. I’m actually a little surprised by your unfinished review – only because it was such an easy/quick read and I’m a slow reader. It wasn’t a favorite read for me but read like a typical summer/beach read.

    Good for you for deciding not to finish. I just bailed on Noah’s Compass…

  6. I’m actually a little surprised by your unfinished review – only because it was such an easy/quick read and I’m a slow reader. It wasn’t a favorite read for me but read like a typical summer/beach read.

    Good for you for deciding not to finish. I just bailed on Noah’s Compass…

  7. I remember Sandy’s glowing review. She’s never steered me wrong before with her recommendations but I don’t enjoy stream of consciousness style of writing so your review is definitely giving me pause.

  8. I remember Sandy’s glowing review. She’s never steered me wrong before with her recommendations but I don’t enjoy stream of consciousness style of writing so your review is definitely giving me pause.

  9. Oh, I’m sorry this one didn’t cut it for you! I do sort of have a love affair going with Connie’s writing. This one is definitely one of the more unique ones I’ve read in awhile. And while not alot happens at first, I was tickled by how much Connie can make of so little. Then Clarissa blossoms, and takes flight. If you find yourself in a laid back mood, and are ready to jump into something unexpected and refreshing, come back to her! I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

  10. Oh, I’m sorry this one didn’t cut it for you! I do sort of have a love affair going with Connie’s writing. This one is definitely one of the more unique ones I’ve read in awhile. And while not alot happens at first, I was tickled by how much Connie can make of so little. Then Clarissa blossoms, and takes flight. If you find yourself in a laid back mood, and are ready to jump into something unexpected and refreshing, come back to her! I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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