C.E. writes in a simple, straightforward way and weaves you through a period of her life in which she moved from Austria to California. She takes you on this journey in which she describes experiences during this time that made her think, changed her, provoked her and built her up as the individual she is today. She also discusses some historical events (9/11, the recession, etc) in which she was impacted by or lived through as an outsider, on the inside. As an American that moved to Austria, I found this book very interesting. Due to the fact that my experiences were somewhat similar to her's, but in the reverse. I moved to and currently live in Austria and have noticed some successes and failures in Austrian culture but never gave much thought to the successes and failures that could be found in my own culture. C. E. makes some very interesting points on American culture that I never really had considered or felt challenged on, more or less I had just internalized it and never realized the hypocrisy in American culture. I found I couldn't put the book down and I tried to figure out why that was. There were very few cliffhangers that made you desperately turn to the next page to find out what happened...I think it's the simple and honest way in which she writes and her unique perspective on something that I know a lot about. The things which she experienced and lived through were, I'd say, groundbreaking for an individual to have to go through, but it isn't fraught with needless emotion. Just simple, and at times, thought-provoking, honesty. And I think I found that very refreshing to read and hard to put down.
... I could very much relate to the experience of the author. After repatriating to my home country some years ago I totally glorified California and the way of life there. Miedler's book reminded me that there also plenty of things in American culture that are hard to understand (and like) when you had a European upbringing. I found it enjoyable to read about the transformation of the author from a young and somewhat naive girl (natural for this age) to a successful, goal-oriented woman.
Cornelia Miedler shares an interesting memoir, exploring her experiences of LA ranging from the normal everyday life to the absurdity only found in the City of Angeles. She crafts her personal story in a way that is instantly relatable to all that have left home for a new life, or long to do so.