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After the more-serious-than expected Roadside Religion and the suckier-than-expected 1602: New World, I decided my next book would have to be something light and frothy and enjoyable. I mentally reviewed my list of books I plan to read this year and gave due consideration to a couple of them, but ultimately I fell back on a book I first thought about reading way back in March: Citizen Girl. I'm not sure why I never got around to reading it at the time, but I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation.
Citizen Girl turned out to be not quite as light and frothy as I thought it would be — it turned out to be a rather sophisticated satire on feminism and corporate politics — but it was exceedingly enjoyable and very funny. Plus, it was a nice change of pace to read a novel featuring a twenty-something female protagonist who didn't make me feel like smacking her upside the head (cf. Mountain Betty, Getting Over Jack Wagner). I appreciated her ability to adapt to her situation and succeed in an ill-defined and constantly changing job without whining excessively about. Yeah, she was kind of needy, and I think she treated her boyfriend a little unfairly, but I didn't feel that her flaws overwhelmed the character. Indeed, they make her seem like, well, a real person. That in itself makes Citizen Girl a welcome change from a lot of books I've read; that it's also funny and smart makes it a real treasure.