Monday, January 13, 2014

In Polyester Pajamas by Catherine Doughterty

Me - In Polyester Pajamas, wow! This was a good book. I liked the lesson learned which was there is always a silver lining, and you should always look to the bright side of things. I like the character of Rosie because she is always cheerful and always puts a good spin on bad situations. I like the way Jean's character develops.  At the beginning, she had a bad attitude. Later, she became a nice caring person.   Before, I read the book I thought it was going to be about teenager's who were best friends since they were little but it wasn't like that at all.  However, I did like the formation of Rosie and Jean's friendship. I like the way Jeans fixes things with so many people in her life as a result of her friendship with Rosie.   I like the way she becomes friends with Jacob when she visits her Mom. I thought the book was going to end very differently. I though things would be wrapped up more. I didn't really like the ending. However, over all, it was a good book.

Mom - In Polyester Pajamas is the story of Jean and Rosie. On the surface, they seem to be the unlikeliest of friends. Jean is a person who is kind of mad at the world. Her husband can't wait to divorce her. Her sons have moved to another state to get away from her. She hasn't even spoken to her own mother in several years. She is not at all pleasant or likeable. Rosie, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She is the eternal optimist.  Even though, she has been through a lot in her life, she has come out of it a better happier person. However, in her own way, she can be as annoying of a character as Jean. It is hard to believe that anybody could be that sunny and positive all the time. When these two opposites come together, they balance each other out and both become much better. Jean in particular goes through a huge metamorphosis and comes out of it a much better, much happier, much more likeable person. Not only does it change her relationship with Rosie, it changes her relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband, her children, her mother, and every important person in her life.This book was very different from what I thought it would be initially. I assumed from the description I read that it would be a book about two women who have been best friends since they were children. Jean and Rosie don't even meet until they are both adults working in the same real estate office. They are not immediate friends either. At first, Jean can't even stand Rosie. The fact that at 50, the age she is as the book begins,  she could still find a friend as great as Rosie and form a friendship as special as theirs gives me hope. On TV and in the movies, and in many other books as well characters always seem to have the same best friend all through their childhood into adulthood. This book shows that it is never too late to find a true and loyal best friend.  The end of the book is a little disappointing, however, because it doesn't really wrap up Jean's story completely. However, the important thing is that Jean has met and become friends with Rosie and because of that she has changed and she will continue to grow and change. Her journey is not ended at the end of the book. It has just begun.

And that's our view. When did you meet your best friend?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of In Polyester Pajamas for free for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are own based on our reading of the book.
 
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