Jan 18, 2009: The fictional blog diary “Charlotte” is a quiet, introspective look at life through the eyes of a college-bound girl as she finishes high school.
I’ve never read a blog diary, or written one, so I’m not sure whether “Charlotte” is a good representation or not. The entries start right after her high school graduation and continue roughly once a week through the summer and beyond. It started out very immediate, “ Today I graduated . . . ”, and she gave lots of detail about the day and how it felt. Then it changed into something more like a journal where she was reflecting on her past for several entries. The text became looser, moving more sporadically through time. She’s remembering how she felt about people and things. Later entries get back to “current time” but for awhile the author kept inserting flashbacks. Some of them were long enough they seemed to highjack the entry, making the transition back to “current time” feel awkward.
The writing is very personal and there are some great word-images. Charlotte feels like a real high school graduate, although her writing may be more articulate than some. She came across to me as easy-going but sensitive; intelligent but confused. She’s lacking direction, and seems to lack confidence, although she does have strong opinions on some issues. Relationships are another story. Actually, most of the story. She’s scared about the future but then she’s spending the summer not thinking about leaving everyone and everything behind to go to college in another state.
I’d call it serialized Chick Lit. It’s slow, introspective and reflective. Nothing major happens, there’s no big drama or action, but there’s lot’s of character and emotion and relationship angst. It’s not something I would keep going back to but if you’d like to spend time with the thoughts of girl in transition you might find this a nice weekly place to visit.