Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Would Have Given Anything - A LIKE MANDARIN Celebration

Bookanista, Delacortette, and all around cool person Kirsten Hubbard is currently throwing a little celebration for the release of her book LIKE MANDARIN. Have you read it? Did you love it? My copy's winging its way here, which means I'm obsessively checking mail almost as often as I obsessively check email.

Hey, it's a writer thing.

I've been so fascinated by this event, because she's having people post about their idols--the people they would have given anything to be like back in the day. And my first reaction was, "Well, *I* didn't want to be like anyone."

*laughsnortchoke*

But when I thought about it, it wasn't that I didn't idolize anyone. More like I idolized EVERYONE. I wanted my friend Emily's dinnertime family conversation, where they played word games and laughed so hard that food went flying. I wanted Kim's talent for sewing and making things. I wanted Becky's confidence, because no way would I have approached ANY of the silver trumpet players, because they were in a totally different world than I was. I wanted my cousin Meggan's talent for getting along with everyone.

In short, I was full of want.

I didn't let that want go until I went away to college. I remember quite deliberately setting out to reinvent myself. I morphed from straight A geek who never even thought about throwing a party despite the fact that she was alone in the house for months on end to the girl who skipped classes and slept all day. It took some time to figure out who I really wanted to be. I still can't sew, and I don't know any silver trumpet players. But I can make a mean bouquet out of bacon. I'm the only person I know with a collection of zombie penguins. And I'm a good person to call when you need some wisecracks to cheer you up.

Way back in the day, I would have given anything to be ANYBODY BUT ME. But now? I'm happy with who I am, although I really would get a kick out of spending a day in the Hoff's shoes.

13 comments:

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh my gosh, I need to have you over for breakfast just so you can make me your bouquet of bacon. That's awesome.

I'm with you on wanting to be like anyone but you until college. It's tough to be a kid. I think there's nothing to make you feel more inadequate.

Matthew MacNish said...

I haven't even read the book, but I hear so many wonderful things about it, Kirsten, and her writing.

I love your version, way cooler than my own.

Tere Kirkland said...

Reading Like Mandarin right now and I gotta say I think you're going to love it. I'm as entranced by Mandarin as Grace is. It's an eerily familiar feeling.

Mmm, bacon bouquet. Romantically delicious.

Nicole Zoltack said...

I'm so hungry for bacon now.

Kelly J. said...

Man, Carrie, I cannot wait till you read this book and I cannot wait to see what you think. It is fantastic (which you know how much a book has to blow me away to say that).

Lindsay said...

Mmm bacon. And I was the same, in a way I wanted to be anyone but me. Took me a while, but I realised being me is okay ;)

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, full of want. I so get that. I feel like that NOW.

ali said...

Ooooohhhhh Carrie. Did you just invade my brain and rip off my very own feelings/history/and most private stuff EVER!?? I mean, you are a little fascinated with zombies, so it could happen.

Seriously though, this is totally me. 100%. I even changed my name when I went away to university so I could BE SOMEONE ELSE.

ashelynn sanford said...

I loved LIKE MANDARIN so much. <333

Katie Anderson said...

hee hee. You make me laugh.

Jeigh said...

So, what do I have to do to get you to give a bacon bouquet tutorial?

Christine Tyler said...

This non-blogfest has really got me interested in this book! And I like your answer :)

Carrie said...

I'm glad it's not just me, guys.

And sure. Bacon bouquet tutorial to come once I get some more bacon. :)