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Being single. To some it's a blessing; for others, a curse. Newly-dumped Anna-Kate can't imagine a life without Jared being anything but empty and hopeless. Following her passion for classic literature, she accepts a job at a local bookstore, where she can spend her days reading about independent heroines like Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet: women who broke the conventionsBeing single. To some it's a blessing; for others, a curse. Newly-dumped Anna-Kate can't imagine a life without Jared being anything but empty and hopeless. Following her passion for classic literature, she accepts a job at a local bookstore, where she can spend her days reading about independent heroines like Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennet: women who broke the conventions of their day, and inspire Anna-Kate to do the same. With a colorful cast of co-workers who offer plenty of unsolicited advice and can't take hints, the journey to self-sufficiency turns out to be wilder than Anna-Kate ever expected....

Title : Public Displays of Convention
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ISBN : 20566274
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Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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Public Displays of Convention Reviews

  • Virginia Aronson
    2019-05-03 20:56

    Public Displays of Convention by Sarahbeth Caplin is a captivating first person account of a fresh from college coed struggling with her new and unwanted state of singlehood. Anna-Kate (nicknamed AK, or AK-47) has spent her college years in love with the handsome Jared, who dumps her with a sixteen-word text message. Her life crumples up like a handful of used Kleenex, and she spends the beginning of the book trying to put a halt to the pity party.Once she gets a grip, AK gets a job at a local indie bookstore. The shop, tucked away in a historic building, stocks classics and bestsellers alike, but attracts mostly middle-aged readers and few of them. Oddly, the bookshop owner keeps hiring additional employees, even though sales are slim. However, this works out for the best since the interplay between the twenty-somethings is central to the story.Since I'm not one for spoilers, I will only say that the story is Jane Austen-ish with matchmaking and flirting galore. All the while, the protagonist struggles with the idea that she might just want to be on her own. What would life be like if she were to sleep with men she does not want to marry—or even date? What would it be like to not want a man in the picture at all?The most interesting character in the book is Eryn, a hip chick with hoop earrings and a badditude. Eryn tells AK: "Stop waiting around for the right person, and live the life that you want."Great advice. Will AK take it? Read the book to find out.

  • C.J. Anaya
    2019-05-13 03:45

    I think I was expecting a romance here, and was surprised to find that this book had themes that ran along the lines of self-empowerment and fulfillment. The author tackles some very relevant points for women who easily fall under the trap of thinking that they are only complete if they have a boyfriend or a husband. I experienced this as I'm sure many other women have at one point or another. I appreciated the fact that the author pounded home the idea that a person needs to be whole, know who they are, and feel confidant alone before they can enter into a healthy, successful relationship. Common sense, really, but so few women these days feel that they are worth anything unless they have a relationship to validate that.While I enjoyed the message, I felt like the plot was just a tad incomplete and fairly short. I also had a difficult time liking Anna-Kate for a while simply because she tended to analyze things to death, first with Collin and then with Zach. It seemed like the author just took a page out of the life of a single woman, but nothing really happened other than Anna-Kate finally deciding that she needed to stay single and figure out who she was, which was a great realization to come to, but for me it wasn't really that interesting or entertaining.Your character's need to be likable, and they will certainly have flaws, but this self-esteem problem coupled with the self-pity and the way she handled things with Collin and Zach made it difficult for me to like her. Those flaws didn't get resolved until the end of the book, and it needed to happen sooner. I think there's also a good chance I just wasn't the right audience for this. I'm a fan of tough women who know what they want and know who they are so this scenario had me grinding my teeth a little bit.There were some great one-liners in there and every now and then Anna-Kate's sarcastic and witty thoughts gave the book a little lift so that was nice. I think I would recommend this to people who have gone through or are going through a similar emotional identity crisis, and probably to every teenager I know simply because this is a lesson they need to learn before they lose themselves in a relationship and never figure out who they are.I gave this book 3.5 stars

  • Kaitlyn Oruska
    2019-05-14 02:51

    My Favorite Lines:“Closing the door on his slightly disappointed face stirs a strange sensation of pride; I’m relieved to know I’m not a girl who is desperate enough to cling like a leech on flesh to the first person who makes them feel attractive and worthy once again.”“I want to be done with this agonizing competition to try to win a man’s heart. There’s so much pressure to be the prettier, the smartest, the funniest; pressure to look my best when all I really want is to show up in sweatpants and my favorite t-shirt.”“‘How’s this for an answer,’ he says. ‘The most comedic thing about tragedy is that it’s often a direct result of getting exactly what you want.’”What I Thought:I want to start off by saying that this book was genius in the fact that it approached some pretty important topics while still remaining lighthearted. That is not an easy task.The characters were great. There were quite a few of them but not enough to where you’re forgetting who is who. They’re all pretty defined and essential to the story. Anna-Kate, the narrator, has a strong voice and comes across quite likable.While I can’t say that I can relate to the story on a personal level (I’ve been with my husband since I was 17 and we’re attached to the hip and like it that way), I think this story has a good message in saying that you don’t need a relationship in order to define yourself. Anna-Kate discovers this when her four-year relationship with an imperfect partner comes to a sudden end and she’s left with no idea how to move forward.I feel that the emotions Anna-Kate goes through are ones that just about anyone has experienced at one time or another, whether their situations are similar or not. This novel deals with co-dependency and the struggle to be single in a society that is very much relationship-based. We get to see Anna-Kate’s growth as a person as she realizes what she does defines who she is, not who she is with.I thought the ending was very satisfactory, though not what I was expecting. I would recommend this to anyone who’s ever been through a breakup, or just anyone in general looking for a good read.

  • Kimber Wheaton
    2019-05-04 01:45

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest reviewPublic Displays of Convention is a cute story about a girl who discovers there is life after breakup. Anna-Kate's entire college career was defined by the man she was dating. When Jared dumps her in a text message, her world is turned upside down. Not only does she have to move from college to career, but she has to do it as a single woman.I felt sorry for Anna-Kate. Her relationship with Jared was what I'd consider emotionally abusive. He was overly critical and didn't treat her well. But like so many, she thought she was happier as half of a dysfunctional couple than a single woman. He was her everything, and she defined herself through him. Without him, she was suddenly lost, lonely, and confused.Fortunately Anna-Kate does grow through the story. She comes to learn that being single isn't a disease in need of a cure. Had she not come to some of these realizations, I doubt I'd have liked the story much. It's interesting how her best friend, Tess, was her pillar of support, but by the end the tables are turned. These women need to figure out who they are as individuals before becoming part of a couple.I enjoyed the multitude of characters at the book store, especially Eryn. Collin is an intriguing character, I never quite understood what was going on in his mind which was great. Zach just confused me-- I never really understood his role in the story. He was a rather major character who just up and disappeared at the end. I was waiting for something to happen with him and Anna-Kate (not romantic- just something) because they were rather close. In the end, Anna-Kate is well on track for self-discovery.

  • Ange from Cover to Cover Book Blog
    2019-05-08 21:47

    This is a story of strength, survival, and learning to stand on your own two feet.Anna-Kate, brand new to college, meets a guy and falls in love. They spend almost her entire time in college together. Then out of the blue, he shatters her world and breaks up with her through a text message of all things with no warning.With the help of her best friend Tess, Anna-Kate starts to heal and graduates college. Tess leaves for the summer and again AK is left all alone. She starts a job at a local independent owned book store. Here is where her journey truly begins.While working at the book store, she meets new friends. Her coworkers along with a long distant Tess help AK find her own groove in life. While her friends try to set her up on dates, AK finally comes to her own acceptance. She realizes that she needs to learn who she is and is content with being alone for a while. It isn't an easy journey for AK. She has many bumps in the road, but she is a survivor.If I had a daughter, I'd be proud of her to turn out like AK. This is a great inspirational read for our young women in the world to show them that you don't need a man to be a complete person. You only need yourself and a great support system.

  • Rebecca Charlesworth
    2019-05-05 02:07

    ☆☆☆☆I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, I gave 'Public Displays of Convention' 4 stars and here is why:If you're accustomed to the works by great literary authors such as Jane Eyre - Then you will fall in love with this book, it has all the elements of the classics but with a twist of modernism that brings it in into the 21st century. It is an unconventional romance that has a bit of feminism which makes you want to scream such things as ' You go girl!' and 'You don't need a man' whilst reading it.You follow the story of Anna-Kate a post grad literary student with a love for books that I can certainly relate to. After AK is dumped by her no good boyfriend via text, she is struggling to to find a way back to who she really. If you're after a touch of romance then your in luck but also kind of out of luck because Anna-Kate really doesn't know what she's looking for any more. She gets a job at a local indie bookshop which is full of characters that help Anna-Kate through her journey of self recovery.This is a truly brilliant read and if you're going through a break up, you will find strength you never knew you had!Well done! Sarahbeth you have created a strong protagonist that every woman can relate to!

  • Cury
    2019-04-30 03:56

    I would like to thank the author, Sarahbeth Caplin, for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Thanks, Sarahbeth! I believe this book has alot going for it. It is evident that the author put alot of thought into the subject matter and the message she wants to portray to others, especially women. The themes in this book are romantic relationships, friendships, personal growth, and discovering ones true self. All of these are used to tell the story of the main character, Anna Kate, and the independence, happiness and contentment she finds when she realizes she does not need a man to define who she is. To me, that is a pretty important message to send to women, young and old, in today's society.Public Displays of Convention

  • Babus Ahmed
    2019-05-09 21:44

    Anna-Kate's boyfriend since her freshman year at college breaks up with her by text. She is just about to graduate and earn a degree in English literature when she receives this bad news. Her best friend, Tess is supportive and there for her but has to go away for the summer leaving Anna-Kate to resolve her feelings from her failed relationship and move on. However, moving on is not easy when Anna-Kate has no idea who she really is out of this relationship. This book explores the coming of age issues faced by adolescents as they become adults and find out who they are and what they want. Easy to read, the narrative flows well and the core themes are clearly discussed. Anna-Kate faces choices that will define her or the choice to define herself. A good chick-lit read even for someone like me who doesn't dabble very often in this genre.

  • William Dickerson
    2019-04-25 20:50

    I just finished this book, and I loved it. The characters are realistic a believable, and the situation is something that most people have faced in their lives. I immediately connected with Anna-Kate because of her determination to have her name be just so. I've faced people wanting to change my name too, and it can be frustrating.Anna-Kate has just suffered a terrible break up, that may lead to something positive in her life, but only if she is willing to work through the challenges of this time of her life. Graduation is close, and she has no idea what the world will hold for her without her ex-boyfriend Jared, and now her best friend is going to be out of the country for the summer.Will Anna-Kate figure out how to live without someone special in her life? Will she be able to figure out who she is on her own? You will have to read the book to find out.

  • Sandy Grissett
    2019-04-25 04:07

    Intriguing, very good readThis is a great story of Anna-Kate that dated Jared for 4 years during college and then he sends her a text message saying it is over between them. She is devastated and goes to her best friends house, Tess, to confide in her. This book covers all she goes through trying to get over her relationship. She runs into Collin (physically) who wants to get to know her and part of her does yet she doesn't want to re-bound into another relationship. She goes to work at a bookstore with Erwn, Morgan, Zach and even Collin comes to work there. Zach takes an interest in her and wants to go out yet she tells him she is not ready to date. There is a different ending than I expected, yet an awesome ending just the same. Great read and especially something you should read if your going through a break up.

  • Jocelyn Sanchez
    2019-05-21 20:53

    It was such a joy to read this book! This book is right up my alley. I loved this book. Seriously, it was amazing! When the author asked me to review this book, I was excited! I love beautiful book covers, so that's what caught my attention at the time, but then I read the blurb and I knew I had to read this book!The characters were funny and witty and the overall plot of the story was awesome! This book is something I can read over and over again and never get bored. I loved the plot of the story and the character development was interesting to read about. I recommend this book to everyone!

  • Sassy Southern
    2019-05-14 22:07

    Join this delightful group of friends as they learn about love, broken hearts, and a not so conventional way to be happy and get what they really want out of life!Anna-Kate's heart has been broken. She is never letting that happen again, no way! She is determined to live life on her terms now.But when she gets a job with her friends at the local Book Nook, things begin to happen! She begins a whirlwind of friendship, courtship and some hardship!Wonderful surprises, surprising twists, heartbreaking tears, and boundless love await you at the local book store! Drop in, you won't be disappointed!

  • Lydia Thomas
    2019-05-08 23:43

    This is a story of coming into one's own and follows Anna-Kate as she learns about herself after a breakup with her boyfriend. I enjoyed this particular book because it really explores finding friendship in unexpected places, and deeper than that, people are not always who we think they are. "Public Displays of Convention" is also incredibly easy to get through, but Caplin attacks our perception of "that girl" throughout the story, and leaves us thinking long after it's over.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-04 01:48

    This book was a fun and quick read. It was easy to see myself in the main character and relate to her feelings. It is hard to find books about characters who are in their early 20's/post-college and it is even harder to find books that encourage independent women. This book covers both of these very important qualities extremely well. I have been "someone else's chameleon" before and appreciate Sarahbeth capturing this coming of age story.