{Bookworm Review} Not That Kind of Girl

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By: Jenn Ortiz, guest blogger

When the idea of reviewing books first came up at Little Pink Book, Sasha and I were figuring out what books we’d want to start with. Looking through upcoming books, I took a great interest in a book called Not That Kind of Girl. “OMG! I want it. This book looks great!”, I gushed to Sasha. Hello! The author went to religious schools and writes about her love of books, struggles with being a good girl, and men in her memoir? Been there, lived that. You bet I was digging it. A few days later, the book was in hand, and I excitedly began to read the book I had been so stoked about reviewing.

Except that my head started to bob a few chapters in. What?! No, that can’t be right. I was a history major. I’ve read some of the most boring books known to mankind. I read UNDP reports cover to cover. I’m a fast reader, I should be able to finish this book in one night. For heaven’s sake, I read the entire Harry Potter series in less than one week. This can’t be happening.

Except it did.

Not That Kind of Girl is not my kind of book. I’m very sorry, but I must not lie. I know the book has gotten good reviews elsewhere, but this is not one of those reviews.


Caroline Bauer’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, details her trials and tribulations in her love of literature, men, and God. Bauer is brought up in bible thumping schools, at times intensely God-fearing in her youth. She heads off to college, guarding her virginity fiercely, but her faith waxes and wanes. She continues to do both as she moves to NYC, where she matures, figuring out the woman she is and wants to be, questioning her beliefs in God, and seeking a man she worthy of keeping in her life.

Not That Kind of Girl is an intelligent book. It is  both witty and at times a slow read. I’ve gotten through every book I’ve ever read, save one, so trust me when I say “slow read.” It just didn’t capture my attention. I should relate to this book, as I went to two religious schools and questioned faith, but unfortunately, her memoir failed to move me. Needless to say, I will not be keeping this one on my bookshelf. Overall, it is a well written book and an okay read. Maybe other readers have loved it and will cherish this memoir as the new NYC coming of age story. I can’t relate. Let’s face it: I’m just not that kind of girl.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Jenn Ortiz is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in History and Latin American Studies with hopes to pursue a PhD in Child Development. She believes there is beauty in everything around us; from the inside out, outside in. She currently runs {Bits of Beauty} a place you just feel good about and guest blogs for Design Tavern and Wishpot.


  1. cristelaguerra says

    Nice, educated critique…I've heard the same from a couple other people. 🙂

  2. cristelaguerra says

    Nice, educated critique…I've heard the same from a couple other people. 🙂

  3. cristelaguerra says

    Nice, educated critique…I've heard the same from a couple other people. 🙂