Girls in Trucks is essentially about Sarah, a Southern girl with ties to Camellias. She goes from Cotillion Training School to being all grown up in New York. She’s had her ups and downs in life. It’s unfair to call this book a novel. It’s more of a series of vignettes.
To be quite frank I hated this book. I have no idea how it was ever a national best seller. It was a disorganized mess. Chapters barely tied together. Grammar was all over the place. Same thing with the point of view. Plus I thought the characters were terribly weak. Normally national best sellers are better or good. This was pure crap.
I find a great deal of irony of reading the back about how the author prides herself as having well developed characters. I’m sorry but other then Sarah, nobody was developed. Even most of the time, Sarah was a surface character. Turning someone into a drunk or a heroin addicted turned fashion mogul, isn’t character depth. Not unless you nature it and really interact. The characters never really stepped off the page for me other then in one chapter. That was when Eloise asked Sarah to visit her at school. It was a shame, Eloise was never really brought back (okay she was for her wedding but it wasn’t a memorable).
When you think about Southern Society, you think about class, etiquette, tradition, and sisterhood. This book touched upon those ideas but failed to really deliver them.
It’s no wonder that Girls in Trucks was left on a table for someone to take for free. This book was horrible. I wish it was better. I’m not sure if I will pass this book on. It just didn’t live up to my standards.