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Monday, January 24, 2011

Book Review # 6: Capre Diem (a novel) by Autumn Cornwell

Book Review # 6 in 2011.
Goal to read 100 books in 2011.
Book: Carpe Diem (a novel) by Autumn Cornwell

Summary of book:

Vassar (16-year-old) has super overachiever parents who want her to graduate as valedictorian of her class and go to the elite Vassar University. Her father writes self-improvement books and her mother is a life coach.

Vassar has three best-friends in school who are all really smart.

Then, Vassar’s quirky grandmother wants her to spend the summer with her in Asia. Vassar has plans for taking advanced-advanced placement (AAP) courses during the summer to help her out-achieve girl in school (Wendy) who Vassar and her three best friends despise.

Vassar’s parents have her to go off to Asia to go on an adventure. It requires Vassar to forget planning and to start living in the moment (LIM) or Limming as her grandmother calls it.

Vassar believes her grandmother is blackmailing her parents into l her go. So, there is this BIG secret that Vassar wants to find out about.

Vassar goes to explore the depths of Asia with her grandmother and that is where the real adventure in this book starts! So, I won’t say anything else to prevent any spoilers.
This is Autumn Cornwell’s first novel.

What NEW Wisdom did I gain from this book?

  • I had heard “Chance favors the prepared mind.” I learned in this book that Louis Pasteur was the person who had said this.

  • I follow a blog and someone recently had posted “Red herring.” I discovered in this book that is means tactic of diverting attention away from an item of significance.

  • Try to live in the moment. Sometimes we can’t plan for everything.

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